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Evangelical Christian leaders call for immigration reform

Evangelical leaders, longtime advocates for immigration reform, call on the president and Congress to introduce legislation quickly in 2013.
by Chris Casteel Modified: November 13, 2012 at 8:24 pm •  Published: November 14, 2012
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The evangelical leaders sent letters to the Obama and the leaders of the House and Senate calling for reform that: respects the God-given dignity of every person; protects the unity of the immediate family; respects the rule of law; guarantees secure national borders; ensures fairness to taxpayers; and establishes a path toward legal status and/or citizenship for those who qualify and who wish to become permanent residents.

Leith Anderson, president of the National Association of Evangelicals, called immigration a Christian and moral issue.

“As a Christian, my faith calls me to be concerned for all my neighbors, whether or not they look like me, talk like me or even believe like me,” Anderson said.

He said he wasn't “counting votes” in Congress on the issue.

“My sense is that political momentum is moving toward immigration reform,” Anderson said.

by Chris Casteel
Washington Bureau
Chris Casteel began working for The Oklahoman's Norman bureau in 1982 while a student at the University of Oklahoma. After covering the police beat, federal courts and the state Legislature in Oklahoma City, he moved to Washington in 1990, where...
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