Evangelical Support Broadens as Momentum for Immigration Reform Builds

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Evangelical Support Broadens as Momentum for Immigration Reform Builds

WASHINGTON, D.C., JULY 29, 2013 — Results from a new CBS News poll indicate broad support for immigration reform, including widening support among evangelicals across the country. Among the 1,036 respondents, 75 percent of evangelicals expressed support for broad reform that includes the opportunity for aspiring Americans to earn citizenship — alongside border security and other important elements.

The findings capped a week during which more than 300 evangelicals and evangelical leaders from 27 states came to Washington for a Day of Prayer and Action to urge congressional leaders to follow through on broad immigration reform without delay. The Wednesday event, part of the Evangelical Immigration Table’s “Pray for Reform” campaign, made #pray4reform a trending topic in the nation’s capital. (See photos from the Day of Prayer and Action.)

Participants spoke with more than 110 congressional offices, most of them Republican, about the urgency for broad reform. It is the same message evangelical leaders around the country made in a series of op-eds that appeared last week. Mathew Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel, made the evangelical case for reform in a July 22 Washington Times op-ed. He was joined by National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference President Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, Thursday in Politico.

Local voices chimed in as well: Regent University President Dr. Carlos Campo made the case in Wednesday’s Virginian-Pilot, and Revs. Jim Goodroe and Anthony Casey wrote in support of reform in the Greenville (S.C.) News — in House Immigration Subcommittee Chairman Trey Gowdy’s district.

“We’re here today as a group of believers in Jesus Christ to let our elected officials know we are praying for them,” Dr. Russell Moore, President of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, said at Wednesday’s Day of Prayer and Action. “We have recognized that immigration reform is not just a political issue, it’s a personal issue, and we’re praying for justice and compassion, wisdom and mercy. We are speaking to the consciences of our lawmakers.”

For additional quotes from evangelical leaders who spoke at Wednesday’s event, please click here. Video of the day’s worship service is available here.

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