Florida Faith Leaders Applaud Republican Standards on Immigration Reform

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Florida Faith Leaders Applaud Republican Standards on Immigration Reform

Major Commitment from House Leadership Propels Reform Forward

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — On Thursday, House Republicans released their standards for immigration reform. The standards were met with broad support among top Florida faith leaders, who lauded the movement toward much-needed reform and called on Congress to pass reform this year.

The following are quotes from Florida faith leaders:

Kevin Johnson, Missions Pastor, New Life Christian Fellowship, Jacksonville:
“I am not a politician therefore I cannot write legislation, but I am a Christian therefore I can love. Something’s not right when 88% of white evangelicals say that their views on immigration are primarily influenced by concerns other than their Christian faith. If we’re not looking at people through the eyes of love, then we’ll never be able to make disciples of all ethnic groups.”

Darren Sullivan, Executive Pastor of Multiplication Chets Creek Church, Jacksonville:
“Immigration reform is not only a moral imperative but a Biblical one too. All Americans will benefit from our governmental leaders working together to fix this problem. A strong immigration policy leads to a strong economy for all to benefit from.”

David Tarkington, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Orange Park:
“When it comes to comprehensive immigration reform, political identifiers and lines are drawn immediately. This issue has been kicked down the road for generations and the time has now come to implement a workable, honest, and constitutionally sound solution…. While the standards the Republican leadership of Congress released for an overhaul of the nation’s immigration laws are not perfect (and neither is the Senate’s proposal) they mark the start of a discussion that will eventually lead to reform.”

Jose Vega, Pastor, Renacer Iglesia Bautista, Jacksonville:
“As a Hispanic pastor, I am pleased to see that the House Republicans are setting a pace towards immigration reform. My hope is that they will reflect biblical values. As a minister I experience with members of the church the sadness of the separation from their love ones and children. I am left to answer questions such as ‘where is my dad’ or a wife asking ‘what can I do now?’ Real immigration reform will bring peace of mind to many families in Jacksonville today and provide certainty of family unity tomorrow.”

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