The Common Good

Religious leaders lobby House for immigration reform

Date: July 24, 2013

Religious leaders who've been calling for immigration reform are pressing Congress to complete action on what they're calling a moral imperative. At a prayer service on Capitol Hill, Regent University President Carlos Campo asked God to change lawmakers' hearts to overcome what might otherwise be impossible opposition. Congress is preparing to break for a month-long summer recess at the end of next week without action in the full House on any immigration legislation, even after the Senate passed a bill last month that would create a path to citizenship for the 11 million immigrants already in the country illegally. The Rev. Jim Wallis, who heads the Christian social action group Sojourners, said: "How we respond to 11 million people is how we respond to Jesus himself."