Evangelical Radio Messages Urge Support of Immigration Reform
The leaders said they were called by Christ to be compassionate to all people. Because of this, they say they must speak on behalf of the people affected by the immigration laws, which have become broken in the country.
Matthew Stayer the Dean at the Liberty University Law School as well as other conservative evangelical leaders has been trying to get immigration reform for many years. Jim Daly is a new voice in the movement. He is the leader of a radio ministry in Colorado. His broadcasts reach million and he has wanted to broaden the political focus of the group since he took over about two years ago.
Daly joined the group because he says that immigration reform is more than just an issue. He says it profoundly affects family’s structure, stability and quality of life.
White evangelicals have formed half of Republican voters in the 14 primary contests in this election cycle. However, it is uncertain if the high-profile evangelical leaders urging of immigration reform, will influence the followers.
A poll taken in 2010 found that close to half of all white evangelicals were in favor of deporting undocumented immigrants. There are estimated to be close to 10 million Hispanic evangelicals and that number is growing constantly. Although a large number of Hispanics in the United States still identify themselves as Catholic.