Comprehensive Immigration Reform Gains Unlikely Allies – Evangelical Christians

A group of influential evangelical leaders are aligning with President Obama to support immigration reform. Several of these prominent leaders recognize that Hispanics form a large part of their constituency and feel that they are the key to growth of the evangelical and social conservative movement. The National Association of Evangelicals has made immigration reform one of the top three key priorities, along with reducing abortions and studying the effect of climate change on the poor. Comprehensive Immigration Reform is unlikely to pass this year as Democrats and Republicans facing re-election this year are fearful of losing votes to the majority of Americans’ support of Arizona’s immigration law. Although not large enough in number to sway votes, the evangelical leaders could mobilize a constituency of religious conservatives who form a large part of the Republican base. They join other religious leaders who have long favored immigration reform. However, inclusion of the Uniting American Families Act (which would provide immigration benefits to same sex couples) in the passage of Comprehensive Immigration Reform would be a deal-breaker for this group.

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