Obama Wins Unlikely Allies in Immigration

Laurie Goodstein, New York Times, July 18, 2010

At a time when the prospects for immigration overhaul seem most dim, supporters have unleashed a secret weapon: a group of influential evangelical Christian leaders.

Normally on the opposite side of political issues backed by the Obama White House, these leaders are aligning with the president to support an overhaul that would include some path to legalization for illegal immigrants already here. {snip}

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Although other religious leaders have long favored immigration overhaul–including Roman Catholics, mainline Protestants, Jews and Muslims–the evangelicals are crucial because they have the relationships and the pull with Republicans.

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