The Common Good

Obama could earn evangelical support for immigration plan

Date: January 22, 2013

During Monday’s inaugural address, President Barack Obama reiterated his call for comprehensive immigration reform, legislation that might gain support from conservative evangelical leaders.

Last weekend, the New York Times “leaked” details of the president’s proposed legislation. The bill would include a way for most of the country’s 11 million illegal immigrants to gain citizenship, an outcome advocated by the recently formed Evangelical Immigration Table.

The Evangelical Immigration Table calls for a bipartisan solution to the “unacceptable political stalemate” that respects the God-given dignity of every person, protects the unity of the immediate family, respects the rule of law, guarantees secure national borders, ensures fairness to taxpayers, and establishes a path toward legal status or citizenship for those who qualify.