Evangelical ad campaign says Jesus would back immigration reform without delay

The AP

A coalition of Evangelical groups, including the Southern Baptist Convention, hopes to give an earful to key congressional lawmakers about immigration reform.

The Evangelical Immigration Table formed last year and has launched a $400,000 radio ad campaign in 56 congressional districts. The “Pray for Reform” ads feature local pastors and national voices encouraging passage of immigration reform without delay.

The ads are airing in Wisconsin, Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Missouri, Oklahoma, North Carolina, South Carolina and Texas and promote securoing the borders, keeping families together and establishing an earned pathway to citizenship for people in the country now without legal papers.

Dr. Barrett Duke of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberties Commission says the ads will air for two weeks “at saturation rates.”

Pastor Felix Cabrera of Oklahoma City’s Quail Creek Baptist Church says the collateral damage of the current policy that he’s seen includes detention and separation of parents from U.S.-born children.

And Amarillo, Texas, pastor Stan Coffey says evangelicals should sound off on the issue. He says “this is what Jesus would have done if he were here.”

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