A diverse group of 140 evangelicals gathered in the nation's capital this week to renew calls for immigration reform.
In a statement called the "Evangelical Statement of Principles for Immigration Reform," The Southern Baptist Convention, Focus on the Family, Sojourners, and the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference asked Congress to craft legislation that is tough but compassionate.
They say the law should make it harder for people to enter the country illegally while giving illegal immigrants living in the United States a path to citizenship.
"Justice will always speak for those who cannot speak for themselves," NHLC's Dr. Carlos Moran told those gathered Tuesday.
"We are evangelicals. We stand committed to the Good News. We stand convicted by the mandate to do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with our God," Moran said. "[We want] justice that will secure our borders, our families, our values, hardworking God-loving immigrants and the image of God in every human being."
The SBC's Dr. Richard Land said a national law is needed because state laws are harming the social fabric of society.