The Common Good

In Oval Office, Evangelicals Press For Immigration Reform

Date: November 13, 2013

(RNS) Speaker of the House John Boehner signaled Wednesday (Oct. 13) that there would be no immigration reform this year, an announcement made the same day that some of the nation’s most prominent evangelical pastors met with President Barack Obama to try to advance the issue.

Only months ago, immigration reform seemed to enjoy strong bipartisan momentum.

It still does across the nation, said Russell D. Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, one of the eight clergy invited to the Oval Office meeting.

Another pastor in the meeting, the Rev. Jim Wallis of Sojourners, said afterward: “As faith leaders, we know the urgency and the human cost of our broken system and are committed to working and praying until reform passes.”