More than 300 leaders gathered for the “Evangelical Immigration Table Day of Prayer and Action for Immigration Reform” as a declaration of faith to denounce those who block immigration reform. Religious leaders from Pentecostal and Baptist churches, Republicans and Democrats and citizens from states including Arizona, North Carolina and Ohio met to show their support for immigration, Michael Wilker wrote in The Washington Post.
Immigrants shared stories of how they are developing relationships with those from various religious, ethnic and political lines. They discussed how those being deported by the U.S. are causing families to be torn apart, the source stated.
The religious leaders in attendance at the event on the West Lawn of the Capitol wanted to encourage House leaders to pass legislation that includes a pathway to citizenship. Wilker said he is unsure of whether or not representatives are listening because the House is determined to take a piecemeal approach to immigration reform.
“Evangelical leaders deeply understand the life of undocumented immigrants, the suffering of immigrant families, and the harm that a broken and cruel immigration system perpetrates on our nation,” Wilker wrote in The Post. “We are announcing the Gospel that welcomes the stranger and we will denounce those that block immigration reform.”