The Common Good

In Theory: Evangelicals for immigration reform

Date: June 21, 2013

Reforming America's immigration laws to allow undocumented immigrants to apply for citizenship has long been seen as a cause championed by liberals.

But now a group that's not exactly known for liberal ideas has joined the call to relax immigration laws: the Southern Baptist Convention. The convention is joining with other evangelical groups to spend $250,000 on a media campaign to support a bill that would allow America's 11 million unauthorized immigrants to apply for citizenship. The bill also would revamp immigration laws.

"Our involvement signals the fact that we don't see this as a blue-state, red-state, culture war question," Russell Moore, the new head of the Southern Baptists' Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, said. The convention isn't the only religious group advocating change; the "Nuns On The Bus" have kicked off a nationwide tour to push for the new legislation.