The Common Good

Religious groups take immigration aim

Source: Politico
Date: July 8, 2013

Four organizations are blanketing House members with letters pressing members to move on comprehensive reform, as the focus turns in earnest to that chamber for Congress’s next steps on immigration.

In the letters provided to POLITICO, the groups — Sojourners, National Association of Evangelicals, the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, and the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference — stress the compassion aspect of their faith in their arguments to lawmakers in favor of immigration reform.

“For those of us who are Christians, we must heed the direct commandment of Jesus to welcome the stranger,” wrote Jim Wallis, the president of Sojourners, in his letter to lawmakers. “That is why evangelicals are praying for every member of the House and will continue to speak out publicly in support of Congress taking action.”

Sojourners, National Association of Evangelicals, the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention also explicitly urge the House to pass a bill that includes a pathway to citizenship — a provision that is adamantly opposed by many conservatives. The National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference calls on the House to pass “strict yet compassionate” legislation that would give immigrants living in the United States illegally “the dignity and earned right to pursue their dreams.”