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Christian Denominations With Most Conservative Stance on Immigration

By    |   Wednesday, 06 May 2015 09:14 PM

One of the most divisive topics today among conservative Christians is that of illegal immigration. Depending upon where they live, border-state dwellers tend to take a hard line against it, while Christians in other areas of the country may be more welcoming. What people are agreeing upon is that reform of some type is needed.

It is a hot topic with a wide range of opinions. This is what some of the major denominations say about it.

1. Support for granting illegal immigrants citizenship among white evangelicals is on the decline, according to a 2014 article in The Atlantic.

Pastor Gabriel Salguero, president of the National Latino Evangelical Coalition, said his community leans more toward legal residency rather than full citizenship.

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This trend appears to be true of all denominations, with white Protestants, minority Protestants and white Catholics all indicating that immigration reform is one of the most important issues of our time.

Race has more impact on opinion than denomination, according to a survey published by The Atlantic, which notes that white evangelicals with Republican leanings take a harder stance on immigration than their minority counterparts.

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Other denominations calling for immigration reform include Catholic, Mormon and mainline Protestant leaders.

According to a 2014 survey by the Pew Research Center, three quarters of American adults regardless of faith support illegal immigrant rights to stay in the United States.

3. While that trend clearly shows favor of immigration reform, evangelical denominations –- a group of some of the most conservative believers in the nation making up several denominations — have created a statement of principles for immigration reform at the Evangelical Immigration Table.

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That statement supports and includes “God-given dignity of every person, protects family unity, respects the rule of law, guarantees secure national borders, ensures fairness to taxpayers and establishes a path toward legal status or citizenship for those immigrants who wish to become legal, permanent residents.”

The signatories include Ronnie Floyd, president of the Southern Baptist Convention, Mark Labberton, president of Fuller Theological Seminary, Eugenio Duarte, general superintendent of Church of the Nazarene, Tony Evans, senior pastor at Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship, and Paige Patterson, president of the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

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In 2008, the United Methodist Church called for comprehensive immigration reform. They said, “We are living in a time of persecution and oppression due to ignorance and fear. There is frustration on all sides about the state of our immigration laws. We must work to channel that frustration into advocacy for the passage of a comprehensive immigration reform bill.”

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The Southern Baptist Convention issued a statement supporting immigration reform at a meeting in Phoenix, Arizona, in 2011, and resolved, “That we affirm that while Southern Baptists, like other Americans, might disagree on how to achieve just and humane public policy objectives related to immigration, we agree that, when it comes to the gospel of Jesus Christ and to his church, the message, in every language and to every person, is “Whosoever will may come.”

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