Pastor calls for both justice and mercy in immigration reform

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Houston pastor has urged Congress to balance justice with mercy in immigration reform.

The Rev. David Fleming of Champion Forest Baptist Church was among nearly two dozen witnesses to testify at the Senate Judiciary Committee's second hearing on the issue.

He said the Bible calls for obeying the law, but also says foreigners must be treated with love and respect. Fleming suggested that could be achieved by securing the border while offering undocumented immigrants a path to legal status.

He said thousands of pastors are praying that Congress will pass legislation that prevents deportations from dividing families.

Some Senate Democrats, meanwhile, have called for adding a provision recognizing gay marriages for immigration purposes.

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