The Common Good

Ministers launch ad buy on immigration in key South Carolina

South Carolina is shaping up as a key battleground on the immigration issue. South Carolina. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R), who will face a tough reelection battle in 2014, has emerged as a leading proponent for immigration change in the Republican party.

The religious leaders said their effort will help give Graham support from churches, filled with conservative voters who they say are increasingly supportive of the immigration change.

The ministers featured in the ads–sponsored by the Evangelical Immigration Table–said they are working to educate their congregants about Bible verses that encourage Christians to welcome the stranger and treat their neighbors with compassion.

“I believe the radio ads will further solidify the growing base of support for immigration reform,” said Rev. Trey Doyle of the First Baptist Church of York in South Carolina.