WASHINGTON (AP) -- A broad spectrum of evangelicals has issued a renewed call for immigration reform.
Groups ranging from the Southern Baptists and Focus on the Family to Hispanic and liberal evangelicals are calling for legislation that secures borders while offering illegal immigrants a path toward citizenship.
At a Washington news conference, they pledged to both lobby political leaders and rally church members.
The ministry leaders said respect for the rule of law must be balanced with compassion so that deportations don't divide families.
The Southern Baptist Convention's ethics chief, the Rev. Richard Land, said a national solution is needed because state laws cracking down on illegal immigrants are doing "real harm to the social fabric of the nation."
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