A coalition of evangelical leaders aiming to shape national immigration reform is expressing cautious optimism over a bill a bipartisan “Gang of Eight” senators introduced in Congress Wednesday (April 17).  Richard Land (center), a leading pastor in the Southern Baptist Convention, said the new bill meets a major criterion of many in the evangelical community, in that it is not an “amnesty” bill, but would require undocumented immigrants to work toward American citizenship. RNS photo by Caleb Bell

Evangelicals see promise in immigration proposal

WASHINGTON (RNS) Evangelicals’ tentative endorsement of the Senate’s immigration blueprint could be key because more than any other religious group, white evangelicals harbor the most reservations about opening citizenship to immigrants who are in the U.S. illegally.