May 10th, 2010
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New force for broad immigration reform: Evangelicals

(CNN) - Tea Party activists and other conservatives are planning rallies next month in support of Arizona's tough new immigration law, which has come under attack from Democrats, Latino groups and some maverick Republicans.

But a growing chorus of conservative evangelical leaders has broken with their traditional political allies on the right. They're calling the Arizona law misguided and are attempting to use its passage to push for federal immigration reform that includes a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants.

The group, which includes influential political activists such as Richard Land, head of the Southern Baptist Convention's public policy wing, and Mathew Staver, dean of the Liberty University School of Law, will soon begin lobbying Republican leaders in Washington to support comprehensive immigration reform under President Obama.

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  1. Marty, FL

    Immigration should have a moral consideration of human decency, which was surely lacking in Arizona's misguided approach.

    May 10, 2010 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  2. Mark from Louisiana


    Giving the illegals amnesty is a slap in the face of all legal immigrants who have followed the rules.

    May 10, 2010 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  3. disco stu

    "All that we have seen out of the Obama administration is a desire to legitimize the hordes of ILLEGALS..."

    You mean like the Reagan Administration did? You know, because thats EXACTLY what he did – give them ALL amnesty.

    But clearly Reagan was a leftist, pinko, terrorist-lovin, american hate'n, socialist,...right?

    May 10, 2010 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  4. Ben in Texas

    The right wingers hire them to mow their lawns, clean their toilets, build their houses, and cook their food. But the right wingers are so very upset that they are here illegally! Right wingers provide low-wage jobs with no benefits for undocumented workers, but are incensed that illegals sometimes require medical services for which they cannot pay.

    Right wingers have solutions for illegal immigration involving building fences (oops, no illegals to build them), racial profiling, and rounding them all up at gun point, but they don't consider punishing those who offer employment to illegals, effectively inviting them in to the U.S. Right wingers have enjoyed the benefits of a wage-slave system, but refuse to acknowledge their own intimate involvement in creating that system.

    Not much hypocrisy there, huh?

    May 10, 2010 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  5. John

    Oh my God. Finally the evangelicals are practicing what they have been preaching. Their is a God after all.

    May 10, 2010 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  6. johnnyhouse

    If the right wing goes away who will pay the bills? I feel sure Rush has raised several kids that did not belong to him and helped educate several of them that now curse him just as millions of Americans have. Using the system is one thing,abusing it is another.I would like for the left to tell me why we need illegal Mexicans here to to do jobs that Americans can do. We have plenty of uneducated Americans here, by choice, and in prison by choice, that could fill these jobs, but that would be unthinkable . That would probably fall under discrimination and cruel and unusual punishment laws also. Our system has become a failing joke.

    May 10, 2010 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |

    I would like to ask these evangelical leaders if this is not contray to Bibical beliefs. Like a thief in the night. Thes mexicans came into this country illegally. Now you people say condone this and give them citizianship. You can bet none of these evangelical leaders live on any of these border states are they'd quickly change their minds.. A thief is a thief and these folks are out to steal their leadership like OBAMA has. We as an American People can allow this tohappen. We must close these borders for our own safety and we must IMPEACH Obama now. Also the congregations of these evangelical leaders churches need to have these Preachers declothed. They are not true men of God. TO CONDONE ILLEGAL ACTIVITY IS CRIMES AGAINS THE LAWS OF THE LAND. if you let these people off the hook you need to open of the pens of the country and forgive them of their crimes also.

    May 10, 2010 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  8. kev in AZ

    They are just trying to fill pews (and collection baskets).
    (bend over and) RECALL the POPE!

    May 10, 2010 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  9. Natalie

    As a Christian, I must say that I disagree w/Arizona's law as written. As a border state resident, I do believe it is important to set up parameters to ensure the safety of our citizens but not @ the expense of racial profiling. I agree w/Maria (Miami commentor) that illegals come in more skin tones than tan & tanner. Crimes in America are committed by European illegals as well as Latin American & Middle Easterners. I live by the Bible, which states that we are to treat fairly all foreigners in our land. Let's set up reform, but make it fair & if we're going to start carding people, card everybody or nobody @ all.

    May 10, 2010 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  10. Really?

    Maria H-Miami, you ignorance on the AZ immig. law is showing. No where in the law does it say they can ask for papers based on skin color. Infact the law specifically forbids it. Anyone of any color who is already stop for a police matter, ie traffic violation, burglary etc. can at that time be asked for papers. That includes, white, middle-eastern, asian, africian etc Also, you CANNOT be stopped and asked for papers just for taking you kid out for ice cream.

    May 10, 2010 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  11. Really?

    If the Feds are going to challenge AZ law, then they must challenge their own Federal immigration law b/c AZ law simple make it a state crime (& a misdemeanor) to break Federal Immigration law. Federal Immigration law makes it a felony!

    Therein lies the spin of this Admin and stupidity of the people who are only getting angry over a state (AZ) immigration law that is already Federal law!!!

    Also shows this govt. (& prior govt), refusal to enforce their own law.

    May 10, 2010 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  12. Kevin in Michigan

    Why do some people have to wait for years and others get to cut the line? Enough of them got in illegally to have kide, now American citizens and now they are a voting block. If we let illegal hispanics in, we should let every other group stay as well. It's time for national ID cards that you have to provide proof of citizenship to get. Otherwise, what is the point of having any immigration laws at all?

    May 10, 2010 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  13. Tina

    the Bible does say God wants the alien in your land to be treated as a citizen, and that God wants His people to love the alien as themselves (even reminding them that they were once aliens... "so, like, you know how that feels, right?" -Leviticus 19: 33,34 my paraphrase)

    same people calling for export..or worse.. of gays (on biblical grounds) out to be inviting illegals into their communities & homes (on biblical grounds).

    May 10, 2010 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  14. Mark Republican in PA

    Its good to see the evangelicals joining with all the other Christian denominations against the Arizona Law. Its simple "ask what Jesus would do" I can see Jesus voting for the Arizona Law. I can't see Jesus sending children back across the boarder, or separating them from their parents. Jesus said Love your neighbor as you love yourself, Treat and love your neighbor as you would treat and love me.

    May 10, 2010 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  15. Ray E. (Georgia)

    A path to Citizenship for Illegals here in the country? No you can do it the same way the law allows now.

    However if you want to jump the line I will accept a $25000.00 fine and a $1000.00 processing fee. Up front Cash on the Barrelhead and then you can be a U.S. Citizen. You will then be able to comand a living wage from your employer if he will keep you on.

    May 10, 2010 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  16. fabian cabrera

    Why make such a big deal about illegal people in this country......I'm illegal and I don't wanna be here; but I'm waiting for any kind of decision the goverment takes; if it is "NO" I gladly will pick up my stuff & my precious family and get out of here.....If it's "YES" !good!.... I've worked 20 years of my live in this country (paying taxes, respecting the law, exceptional credit record.......I'm a good person). And there are another 12,000,000 people waiting for wheter !yes! or !NO!.....Please say !NO! officialy and honestly ....... I want to go home.

    May 10, 2010 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
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