Meanwhile, evangelical leaders say they too support immigration reform that includes a path to citizenship for those in the country illegally - the first time many have taken a supportive position on that specific issue.
Jim Wallis, president of the Christian social justice group Sojourners, said it's part of a "sea change" in the evangelical community. The change is partly driven by an increasing number of immigrant church-goers.
"We don't believe there are second-class images of God, and therefore we don't believe in a second-class status for people who are willing to follow an earned path to citizenship," Wallis said.
Sojourners is part of a coalition with Southern Baptists and the National Association of Evangelicals.
They have been lobbying for help for the 11 million illegal immigrants in this country.