Immigration Reform News 2013: Evangelical Leaders Urge to Pass Commonsense Immigration Reform

By Michelle McErlain, Crossmap On November 14, 2013

On Nov 13, 2013, evangelical leaders attended a meeting held in the Oval Office of the White House to discuss the importance of taking action to pass commonsense immigration reform with President Obama, Vice President and the senior administration officials.

There were 8 representatives in attendance from churches and church based ministries from around the world. They expressed concerns especially regarding the impact of the broken immigration system on families in their congregations.

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Southern Baptist Church supported the comprehensive reform according to the Southern Baptists' elected messengers meeting at their annual convention in June 2006.

They suggested that the reform should provide for U.S. border security, enforce immigration laws, deal judiciously and 'realistically' with the illegals, and allow the people of God to meet the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of all immigrants as working toward an earned pathway of 'legal status and/or citizenship'.

Soon after the meeting with the evangelical leaders, in the same day afternoon, Boehner said the Republican-dominated House would not take up the Senate bill, meaning no immigration reform in 2013.

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However, Rev. Gabriel Salguero, president of the National Latino Evangelical Coalition, said that he was not discouraged by Boehner's announcement, according to the Religion News Service

He expressed that the immigration reform would not only boost the economy, but also helps keep families together. "Immigration reform would be a wonderful Thanksgiving and Advent gift to the nation," he said.   

"The President and the leaders discussed their shared commitment to raise the moral imperative for immigration reform and said they will continue keeping the pressure on Congress so they can swiftly pass commonsense reform," according to the press release of the White House on Nov 13.

The attendants of faith leaders includes representatives from National Association of Evangelicals; Archdiocese of Seattle; Northland Church, Orlando, Fl; Korean Churches for Community Development, Los Angeles, CA; Solana Beach Presbyterian Church, Solana Beach, CA; Southern Baptist Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, Nashville, TN; National Latino Evangelical Coalition; and Sojourners.

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