The Common Good

Jim Wallis Applauds the Senate’s Passage of Commonsense Immigration Reform

Date: June 27, 2013


June 27, 2013


Brian P. Duss, Sojourners, 202.997.0184


Jim Wallis Applauds the Senate’s Passage of Commonsense Immigration Reform

In response to the Senate passing broad, bipartisan immigration reform legislation, Jim Wallis, President and CEO of Sojourners, issued the following statement:

At this historic moment for immigration reform, we applaud the efforts of those in the Senate who have sought commonsense solutions that respect the God-given dignity of every person by creating an achievable earned pathway to citizenship. As the immigration debate moves from the Senate to the House we stand with evangelicals around the country in praying that our nation’s leaders will honor the beliefs and values of this great nation by finding solutions to bring 11 million people out of the shadows by offering an achievable earned pathway to citizenship. The principles contained in the bipartisan immigration reform bill that passed the Senate today are drawn from the heart of the Gospel welcoming “the stranger” as Jesus commands, protecting families as Christians must do, respecting the rule of law as Christians are biblically asked to do, and fixing and healing a broken immigration system that has shattered the lives of those the Bible tells us to defend and serve.

The meaning of the Gospel in our times is at stake in this long overdue effort to repair our corrupt and cruel immigration system. And the promise of an earned path to citizenship is in the best tradition of American democracy and diversity. That is why so many Christians, other people of faith, and many people of conscience — most of whom who also consider themselves American patriots — are coming together to pass this bill and bring this process to a positive final conclusion.The Senate bill, although not perfect, is a powerful example of how our elected leaders can work together to find a solution that promotes the common good. As this bill now goes to the House, make no mistake that people of faith will rally and mobilize to pray for their members of Congress, speak loudly for the vulnerable, and persuade politicians to finally do the right thing. This is a moral issue; it is a Gospel issue. And passing comprehensive immigration reform will be a top priority for people of faith. We are ready to fight for this.


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Jim Wallis is CEO of Sojourners. His book, On God's Side: What Religion Forgets and Politics Hasn’t Learned About Serving the Common Good, is now available. Watch the Story of the Common Good HERE. Follow Jim on Twitter @JimWallis.