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Evangelical Leaders Comment on STEM Debate

Press Release, September 20, 2012

STEM Encouraging, but Not Enough
Faith values call for comprehensive immigration reform

Washington, D.C. — The following is a statement from the evangelical leaders listed below on the recent proposals by Democrats and Republicans in Congress to provide green cards to graduates with advanced degrees in the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields.

“We support legal immigration that meets the needs of every segment of American society. We acknowledge the current efforts by Representatives Smith and Lofgren to achieve this for high skilled immigrants. This is an encouraging first step in the right direction in fixing a broken immigration system.

“However, these efforts do not fully address our nation’s immigration crisis. We encourage business to join people of faith in the fight for comprehensive immigration reform. This is a moment in our country’s history where business, people of faith, and a majority the American public already agree that it is time to fix the broken system. 

“We continue to urge lawmakers to enact just immigration reform that: Respects the God-given dignity of every person; Protects the unity of the immediate family; Respects the rule of law; Guarantees secure national borders; Ensures fairness to taxpayers; and Establishes a path toward legal status and/or citizenship for those who qualify and who wish to become permanent residents. We urge our nation’s leaders to work together with the American people to pass immigration reform that embodies these key principles and that will make our nation proud.”

Leith Anderson, President, National Association of Evangelicals
Stephan Bauman, President and CEO, World Relief
David Beckmann, President, Bread for the World
Noel Castellanos, CEO, Christian Community Development Association
Reverend Luis Cortés Jr., President, Esperanza
Robert Gittelson, Co-Founder, Conservatives for Comprehensive Immigration Reform
Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, President, National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference
Rev. Gabriel Salguero, President, National Latino Evangelical Coalition
Jim Wallis, President and CEO, Sojourners
 

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