The Common Good

Religious leaders weigh in on immigration debate

Date: June 25, 2013

On Monday, the U.S. Senate gave a comprehensive immigration measure more than enough votes to continue to advance in that chamber, and its backers hope to bring it to a final vote before the July 4 recess. Meanwhile, religious leaders across the country are weighing in on what many call a moral imperative.

In taking up the cause, Jewish and Christian alike have cited the same Scriptures, such as one in Leviticus, stating that “The stranger who resides with you shall be to you as one of your citizens.”

This week, a group of pastors called the Evangelical Immigration Table — made up of leaders of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, Sojourners, the National Association of Evangelicals and World Relief — are gathered in Washington to leading a week of prayer for immigrants and Congress. They said they hoped to encourage the Senate to “vote for common sense immigration solutions that include an achievable road map to citizenship.”

And on Sunday, the St. Louis Archdiocese is taking part in a “Rally for Citizenship” at the World’s Fair Pavilion in Forest Park, organized by Missouri Immigrant and Refugee Advocates.

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