Religious alliance calls for compassion toward immigrants

Christians for Comprehensive Immigration Reform
While immigration reform is necessary, four Christian leaders said in a joint appeal last month in Washington, the faith community needs to help bridge the gap between immigrants and a society that often rejects them.

“We call on people of faith to stand with immigrants as fellow human beings deserving of God’s love and to advocate for effective immigration policies consistent with our history as a nation,” said James Winkler, who heads the United Methodists’ Board of Church and Society.

As part of the group Christians for Comprehensive Immigration Reform, the four leaders said a new attitude toward the ongoing immigration debate is just as necessary as new legislation.

“How we talk about undocumented people is a matter of . . . life and dignity,” said Jim Wallis, founder and CEO of Sojourners/Call to Renewal.


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