Dr. Richard Land

Evangelicals Unite On Principles for Immigration Reform at Capitol Hill Press Conference

June 11, 2012

Broad coalition announces ad buys in swing states and long-term mobilizing strategy to push for comprehensive immigration reform

Influential evangelical Christians across America are uniting to call on Democrats and Republicans to lead our nation to a bipartisan solution on immigration, at a time when immigration has become a partisan talking point for campaigns on both sides of the aisle.

In response to the moral, economic and political crisis created by the broken immigration system, evangelical leaders recognized that the force of their own efforts could be multiplied by coming together to form an “Evangelical Immigration Table” that would advance a cohesive immigration reform message and strategy.

Table leaders and other prominent evangelicals from across the country will release an “Evangelical Statement of Principles for Immigration Reform”, signed by over 100 high-level evangelical leaders and will be promoted with ad buys. Following the press event, prominent evangelical leaders will deliver these principles to leadership from the Obama Administration, Senate and House of Representatives and will call for humane and workable immigration reform.

Never before has a coalition of evangelicals come together from such a diverse political and theological spectrum on this issue. Through this coordinated effort, a clear message is being sent to candidates and elected officials on both sides of the aisle: the divisiveness surrounding the immigration debate in our country cannot continue. For the healing of our nation to begin, our political leaders must come together to enact bipartisan immigration reform.

WHAT: Capitol Hill launch of Evangelical Statement of Principles for Immigration Reform.

WHEN: Tuesday, June 12, 2012, 11:30 a.m.

WHERE: Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2456

WHO: Richard Land, President, Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission

Jim Wallis, President and CEO, Sojourners

Leith Anderson, President, National Association of Evangelicals

Noel Castellanos, CEO, Christian Community Development Association

Stephan Bauman, President and CEO, World Relief

Gabriel Salguero, President, National Latino Evangelical Coalition

Carlos Moran, National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conferencea

David Fleming, Senior Pastor, Champion Forest Baptist Church

Interested media should send an RSVP to kvargas@immigrationforum.org.

The Southern Baptist Convention is America’s largest non-Catholic denomination with more than 16.2 million members in over 44,000 churches nationwide. The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission is the SBC’s ethics, religious liberty and public policy agency with offices in Nashville, Tenn. and Washington, D.C.