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Christian Response to Executive Amnesty?

November 19, 2014

“Church bodies in the U.S. addressing immigration would do well to avoid legislative specifics and instead offer broad principles that affirm rule of law, social order, security, human dignity, and economic opportunity for all Americans,” says IRD President Mark Tooley.

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Arrested Faith Leaders Demand End to Deportations

August 2, 2014

More than 100 immigration activists, including two United Methodist bishops, were arrested outside of the White House Thursday afternoon after a protest demanding the president halt all deportations.

Flight Into Egypt by French artist Eugene-Alexis Girardet.

Should We Care That Jesus Was an Immigrant?

July 17, 2014

There are persuasive reasons for Christians to support and care for immigrants, but Jesus’ immigration status isn’t one of them.


Media Advisory: Evangelicals Discuss Immigration at Heritage Event this Friday

November 15, 2013

Washington, DC—Some evangelical Christian officials are touting “comprehensive immigration reform” like the U.S. Senate recently passed. Many are aggressively quoting the Bible to argue that mass legalization of unlawful immigrants is the Christian way to “welcome the stranger.”

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Evangelical Grassroots versus ‘Grasstops’

July 31, 2013

Sometime liberal Baptist Jonathan Merritt recently wrote interestingly for Religion News Service about the seeming failure of evangelical elites to generate more push for “immigration reform,” which he himself supports. He’s a popular young author and columnist whose father was once president of the Southern Baptist Convention. Merritt notes that some prominent officials of evangelical groups, often working through the Evangelical Immigration Table, have toiled strenuously for immigration legislation. But they have failed to excite their constituency.

The EIT Says They’re Totally Fine With Immigration Reform Bill Dying In The House: So Why Did They Support It In The First Place?

July 11, 2013

By Marjorie Jeffrey (@MarjorieJeffrey) Napp Nazworth, over at the Christian Post, ran an article on Wednesday entitled, “House Not Voting on Senate Immigration Bill Is OK, Evangelical Immigration Table Says”. As long as progress…

The Evangelical Immigration Table Continues to Perplex

June 20, 2013

by Barton Gingerich (@bjgingerich) In a Christian Post article today, a spokesperson for the Evangelical Immigration Table (EIT) fired off a defensive volley against a recent slew of critical reports from Breitbart News. Breitbart…

Catholics Back Gang of Eight Bill, Obamacare to Illegal Immigrants

June 14, 2013

(Photo credit: ABC News Online) By Marjorie Jeffrey (@MarjorieJeffrey) The Catholic Health Association (CHA) is lobbying individual U.S. senators to pass S. 744, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act. Though immigration…

Land Passes Baton to Moore in Final Address at Southern Baptist Convention

June 12, 2013

By Jeff Walton (@JeffreyHWalton) In a spirited farewell, the outgoing head of the Southern Baptist Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) called on Baptists to work towards revival and tackle a host of moral…

IRD President Mark Tooley Interviewed for PBS NewsHour on Evangelicals and Immigration

May 17, 2013

[youtube] IRD President Mark Tooley was interviewed for a PBS NewsHour segment on evangelicals and immigration reform. “It’s very problematic when people of faith start to claim that the Bible gives a very…

Evangelical Immigration Table Hoping for “Grassroots” Movement

January 16, 2013

This week the Evangelical Immigration Table launched the “I Was a Stranger” campaign, which is based on Jesus’ words, “I was a stranger and you invited me in” from Matthew 25:35. The campaign aims to guide…

Faith and Immigration Policy

December 3, 2012

Several prominent religious figures are participating in a Washington, DC press conference Tuesday morning, December 4 to advocate “immigration reform” as part of “Forging a New Consensus.” More info here. Editors note: Charisma recently…