The National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) is running a full-page ad in the Washington, D.C. newspaper Roll Call on Thursday, May 12, 2010 to rally support for comprehensive immigration reform in the United States. Galen Carey (BA ’76, MDiv ’80), director of government affairs for the NAE was interviewed by Yahoo! News about the initiative.
The association, which includes members from 40 evangelical denominations, reached consensus on the issue of immigration reform in 2009 — almost two years after President George W. Bush’s failed attempts to reform immigration — by focusing on the biblical material that supports immigration. (The group took no official stand on the issue during the last congressional debate.) The group’s 2009 resolution on immigration includes several paragraphs citing scriptural authority:
“Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and the families of his sons turned to Egypt in search of food,” it says. “Joseph, Naomi, Ruth, Daniel and his friends, Ezekiel, Ezra, Nehemiah, and Esther all lived in foreign lands. In the New Testament, Joseph and Mary fled with Jesus to escape Herod’s anger and became refugees in Egypt.”