Bipartisan Immigration Reform Bill Heads to Full Senate

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Bipartisan Immigration Reform Bill Heads to Full Senate

WASHINGTON, D.C., MAY 21, 2013 – In a bipartisan, 13-5 vote today, the Senate Judiciary Committee sent the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act, S. 744, on to the full Senate.

The vote came as evangelicals participating in “Pray for Reform: 92 Days of Prayer and Action to Pass Immigration Reform” focused their prayers on a bill with no amendments that would jeopardize chances for final passage. As reported, the bill meets that description. Participants in the Evangelical Immigration Table’s campaign will continue their prayers as the debate continues on the Senate floor.

 

The following quotes are from Evangelical Immigration Table leaders:

Leith Anderson, President, National Association of Evangelicals:

“The Senate Judiciary Committee has proved that bipartisanship on commonsense solutions to tough topics like immigration reform is possible. We pray this spirit of cooperation and statesmanship continues as the bill moves to the Senate floor.”

Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, President, National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference

“The NHCLC commends the Senate Judiciary Committee for successfully advancing the cause of immigration reform via it’s bi-partisan vote in favor of legislation that will resolve America’s immigration crisis. As the full Senate considers this historical bill, we pray that political courage trumps political expediency and both Republican and Democratic Senators coalesce around this legislative solution that, fully enacted, will protect our values, borders and families. For this cause, we hereby call bible believing Christ followers to pray for passage, preach reform and prophetically demonstrate courage by conveying to Congress that ‘Now is the time!'”

Rev. Gabriel Salguero, President, National Latino Evangelical Coalition:

“Now is the time for immigration reform. The close to 8 million Hispanic evangelicals remain optimistic for broad, bipartisan legislation. We are hopeful to see real commonsense solutions that transcend partisanship. We know our country has the ingenuity to solve one of our most intractable problems in just, moral, and humane ways.”

Jim Wallis, President and CEO, Sojourners:

“As Evangelical Christians we are very grateful the spirit of bipartisanship shown by the Senate Judiciary Committee in advancing legislation that reflects our nation’s best values on immigration. This shows political courage for the common good.”

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