Religion and Immigration Reform

In an op-ed piece for The Los Angeles Times, Jim Wallis discussed the religious view of immigration. Three-hundred evangelical Christians from across the country met with Republican representatives at the Capitol to encourage them to replace political fear with personal faith. These religious leaders offered a clear message to House members that immigration reform and repairing the nation’s broken system is overdue.

Wallis said it is the biblical call to “welcome the stranger” that inspires the Evangelical view on immigration.

“Of course, God never ordains or endorses particular pieces of legislation – bills are always the product of compromises and limitations,” Wallis wrote in The Times. “But the principles contained in the common-sense immigration bill put forward by both Republicans and Democrats in the Senate are the right ones. The proposal could bring 11 million people out of the shadows, reunite families, provide an earned, achievable pathway to citizenship, respect the rule of law and secure the border – all goals that are broadly consistent with biblical values.”

The article said it is hard to fight immigration overhaul when evangelicals, law enforcement officials and business leaders support legislation. Wallis said he wants Christian politicians to consider what their faith says about immigration and anyone who is against it should be able to justify their position on moral grounds.

Archbishop Urges Pathway to Citizenship
Charles Chaput, Archbishop of the Philadelphia Archdiocese urged Congress to create a pathway to citizenship is is “fair, accessible and achievable” for the nation’s 11 million undocumented immigrants.

Chaput also called for Congress to create programs that would reunite immigrant families that have been separated and to help low-skilled migrants legally enter the U.S.