Evangelical group to back immigration bill


Erin Kelly
USA Today
August 21, 2013

A coalition of evangelical Christians will spend more than $400,000 on radio ads urging members of Congress to support immigration changes that includes a path to citizenship for most of the 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the United States.

The ads, which will run mainly on Christian radio stations this month, are aimed at spurring evangelicals to lobby their lawmakers to support change. The ad buy is the largest to date by the Evangelical Immigration Table, which has spent nearly $1 million since its founding 14 months ago.

“Right now, members of Congress are home for their August recess, listening to what their constituents want them to do for the rest of this year,” said Barrett Duke, vice president for public policy and research for the Southern Baptist Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission. “We want them to know that we believe broad immigration reform is necessary and urgent. They’ll return to Washington knowing they have support at home for taking action.”

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