The Common Good

Right lacks might on immigration

Source: Politico
Date: July 15, 2013

But some House conservatives are diverging from the broader GOP. One of the biggest policy splits that has emerged in the immigration debate is between many House Republicans and religious organizations.

The latter are loudly pushing a pathway to citizenship for the nation’s undocumented immigrants, arguing that it’s a symbol of compassion that is emblematic of their faith. Four Christian groups — Sojourners, National Association of Evangelicals, The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention and the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference — stressed that point in letters distributed to House offices last week.

But House Republicans are deeply divided on the issue — with some lawmakers calling for a pathway to citizenship and others protesting any sort of legalization as “amnesty.” Many are trying to find middle ground.