63 Colorado Evangelical Leaders Sign Letter Calling For A Respectful Immigration Dialogue
Effort Precedes Tonight’s GOP Debate
October 28, 2015
BOULDER, COLO.— In an open letter published this morning as a full-page ad in the Boulder Daily Camera, 63 Colorado pastors and other evangelical leaders call on GOP presidential candidates to craft respectful, solutions-based messages on immigration.
In a key state for 2016, the letter counters harsh rhetoric toward immigrants from some presidential candidates and other political leaders.
“The immigrant community and our community are one and the same,” the letter states. “Together, for several years we have diligently worked to create space to dialogue and learn from one another about how the broken immigration system has affected our communities, keeping us divided. And, we have come to this shared conclusion: Immigrants are vital in our communities, and we must treat them with respect and dignity. Our laws must reflect that conclusion.”
“So many of us feel that we need to do something to stand up to the negativity around the immigration debate,” said Michelle Warren, an Evangelical Immigration Table leader in Colorado. “We are desperate for a conversation that welcomes immigrants with compassion.”