Hispanic evangelicals break ranks, advocate immigration reform

Legal status for undocumented immigrants
Breaking rank with leading evangelical groups that have chosen to stay out of current immigration debates, a new coalition has formed to represent more than 20 million Hispanic evangelicals and to denounce Congress’s handling of immigration issues.

At an inaugural news conference February 3 in Carrollton, Texas, the Hispanic Coalition for Comprehensive Immigration Reform called on Congress to create ways for undocumented immigrants to apply for legal status while seeking full citizenship.

“We are deeply concerned with many of the anti-immigrant provisions that have been introduced and some of which were passed by the House of Representatives,” said Lynn Godsey, a minister who is founder-president of Alianza Hispana Evangelica del Metroplex, a Dallas-area group.


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