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REV. JIM WALLIS COMMENDS ACTION FROM CONGRESS AND PRESIDENT OBAMA

Date: January 29, 2013

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January 29, 2013

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REV. JIM WALLIS COMMENDS ACTION FROM CONGRESS AND PRESIDENT OBAMA

Wallis declares now is the time for immigration reform

Washington, D.C., January 29, 2013—

In response to President Obama’s speech on comprehensive immigration reform, Rev. Jim Wallis has released the following statement:

The word of the week is “citizenship.” With bipartisan principles from the Senate and the White House showing leadership, a roadmap to citizenship for 11 million aspiring citizens now seems more and more likely to be the greatest accomplishment of the  113th Congress and the second term of the Obama Administration. This is the right thing for our economy, for our  national security and for our country’s future. But above all, it is the morally right thing to do. No doubt opposition to change will be stiff. But Christians must  follow Christ’s call in the 25th chapter of Matthew to “welcome the stranger.” Now is the time for all of us to put our faith into action.

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.