Evangelical Leaders to Congress: Pass Immigration Reform in the Next 92 Days

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Evangelical Leaders to Congress: Pass Immigration Reform in the Next 92 Days

WASHINGTON, D.C., MAY 6, 2013 — With 92 days left until the start of the August recess, the Evangelical Immigration Table is launching the second stage of their campaign for humane and comprehensive immigration reform with an open letter to Congress that carries one simple message: The time is now – we respectfully urge Congress to pass immigration reform within the next 92 days.

The number 92 is particularly symbolic in the Bible – “ger,” the Hebrew word for immigrant, appears in the Old Testament 92 times.

Today’s letter is the latest push by the evangelical community for comprehensive and humane immigration reform. Over the course of the last 92 days, tens of thousands of people participated in the Table’s “I Was A Stranger” prayer challenge, five radio ad campaigns were launched in five key states and more than 300 evangelical leaders gathered in Washington, DC to hold over 90 meetings with congressional leaders on the Hill for the National Day of Prayer and Action.

In the coming 92 days, the Evangelical Immigration Table will expand on the nationwide momentum they’ve already built by announcing a host of new mobilizing efforts centered on prayer and action for immigration reform.

An excerpt of the letter is provided below. To read the letter in full, please click here.

“We understand that opponents of immigration reform will not make voting for reform politically easy, and we recognize the divisiveness surrounding the immigration debate and deeply held feelings of your constituents.  However, we believe the moral case for reform is clear. As such, we commit to supporting you in taking courageous votes both now and in the future. And we pray that God gives you wisdom and courage as you deliberate and vote on legislation we believe is vital for the future of our churches and our nation.

“Ger” is the Hebrew word for immigrant. It appears 92 times in the Bible.  As Bible believing Christians we are launching from these teachings to set the goal of passing comprehensive immigration reform in 92 days. We respectfully urge you to pass immigration reform within the next 92 days.”

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