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REV. JIM WALLIS AFFIRMS CITIZENSHIP PRINCIPLES FROM GANG OF EIGHT

Date: January 28, 2013

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 28, 2013

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REV. JIM WALLIS AFFIRMS CITIZENSHIP PRINCIPLES FROM GANG OF EIGHT
Wallis Reinforces Evangelicals’ Efforts to ‘Welcome the Stranger’  

Washington, D.C., January 28, 2013—

In response to today’s announcement from the Gang of Eight on the agreed upon principles for comprehensive immigration reform, Rev. Jim Wallis has released the following statement:

A bipartisan group of Senators has spoken: no legislation can be called immigration reform without a roadmap to citizenship. Creating a just and compassionate immigration system that meets the needs of the 21st century won’t happen overnight and it won’t be easy. For years the faith community has been calling for change and we will be watching every step of the way to ensure that families are protected and the dignity of every one of God’s children is respected. We expect and demand nothing less.  For us, this isn’t just a matter of politics, but one of faith and obedience to Jesus’ call in Matthew 25 for his followers to “welcome the stranger.”

Rev. Jim Wallis, President and CEO of Sojourners

Rev. Wallis, as part of the Evangelical Immigration Table, launched the “I Was A Stranger” campaign earlier this month to mobilize churches and evangelicals across the country around just immigration reform. To learn more about the campaign, visit evangelicalimmigreationtable.com.

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Jim Wallis is the president and CEO of Sojourners, the largest network of progressive Christians in the United States focused on the biblical call to social justice. Wallis is also author of the New York Times bestsellers God's Politics: Why the Right Gets It Wrong and the Left Doesn't Get It and The Great Awakening: Seven Ways to Change the World, Reviving Faith & Politics. His latest book is Rediscovering Values: On Wall Street, Main Street, and Your Street. Follow Jim on Twitter at @JimWallis.