Coalition launches post-election campaign for immigration reform

WASHINGTON (AP) — Clergy, business and law enforcement have launched a post-election drive for immigration reform.

The Rev. Jim Wallis of the evangelical group Sojourners told reporters that the coalition of "Bibles, badges and business" will lobby Congress and the White House this week.

The Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, said many Republicans now believe that supporting immigration reform is essential if they are to "step into the Promised Land of the Hispanic electorate."

The Southern Baptist Convention's public policy chief, the Rev. Richard Land, said the opposition may include Democrats reluctant to give up the Hispanic votes their party gains from the current immigration stalemate.

But Rodriguez warned those who offer only rhetorical support for reform that "faith without works is dead."

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