The Common Good

Will Evangelicals’ Immigration Shift Mean Common Ground With Obama?

Date: June 15, 2012

A diverse group of evangelical leaders gathered in Washington this week to announce the Evangelical Statement of Principles for Immigration Reform, which cast immigration reform as a moral imperative and establish “ground rules” for a policy solution. The signatories include Richard Land, the president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s “morality and ethics” arm and a prominent figure on the religious right, and Jim Wallis of Sojourners, the left-leaning evangelical organization that has long advocated for more humane immigration policy. One signatory seems to have come as a shock even to the other evangelicals: Focus on the Family, a group that has been seen for years as aligned with the most right-wing elements of the Republican Party. The statement was also endorsed by the U.S. Council of Catholic Bishops.