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Evangelical Table Announces Launch of New Campaign

June 11, 2012

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Focus on the Family President Signs On to Evangelicals Principles for Immigration Reform

Broad coalition to announce ad buys in swing states, long-term mobilizing strategy at Capitol Hill Press Conference Tuesday.


Washington, D.C. — Jim Daly, president of prominent evangelical organization Focus on the Family, has added his signature to an “Evangelical Statement of Principles for Immigration Reform” to be released Tuesday at a press conference on Capitol Hill.

The effort comes as 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 politicians on both sides of the aisle. In response to the moral, economic and political crisis our broken immigration system has created, evangelical leaders have recognized that the force of their own efforts can be multiplied by their coming together to form an "Evangelical Immigration Table" to advance a cohesive immigration reform message and strategy.

Table leaders and other prominent evangelicals from across the country — representing more than 100 signatories in all — will release the “Evangelical Statement of Principles for Immigration Reform,” which they will promote with ad buys. Following the press event, 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 Conference
David Fleming, Senior Pastor, Champion Forest Baptist Church

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