Faithful Reform

July 15, 2013

As the national immigration debate has moved from the U.S. Senate to the U.S. House, many Christian groups continue to place pressure on legislators to pass comprehensive immigration reform (the photo is one I took a couple of years ago of the U.S. Capitol). A mix of conservative and liberal Christian groups have been urging the House to pass the Senate's bill, writing letters and placing ads in DC publications (for a background on some earlier efforts, see posts here and here). Several rallies have been held, including one last week. Last month, several Christian leaders met with President Barack Obama at the White House as part of the pro-immigration reform push. And numerous faith groups have brought members in to meet with legislators in hopes of winning a few more votes. For instance, several Mennonite leaders traveled to Capitol Hill in May for a series of lobby visits cosponsored by the Mennonite Church USA and the Mennonite Central Committee - Washington Office. As immigration reform efforts continue to gain bipartisan support, former President George W. Bush came out last week adding his support for immigration reform. Bush offered his comments at a summit on immigration reform held at the the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas. Among the many people speaking at the event was one faith leader, Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Executive Coordinator Suzii Paynter, who until recently led the Texas Baptist Christian Life Commission. Hopefully these faithful efforts to push immigration reform will help push legislators toward adopting moral immigration reform for our undocumented neighbors living in our land.

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