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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 Published: November 14, 2012
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/articleid/3728417/1/pictures/1883727">Photo - Gustavo Torres, director of Casa in Action, center right, and others, chant during a rally Thursday in front of the White House. Several religious leaders Tuesday called on Congress to pass an immigration reform package within 92 days of the start of President Barack Obama’s second term. AP FILE PHOTO
Gustavo Torres, director of Casa in Action, center right, and others, chant during a rally Thursday in front of the White House. Several religious leaders Tuesday called on Congress to pass an immigration reform package within 92 days of the start of President Barack Obama’s second term. AP FILE PHOTO

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.


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