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Evangelicals pushing immigration reform in new Florida radio ad



An Evangelical group is trying to round up support for immigration reform with a radio ad on Christian radio in Florida. The ad, part of a multi-state push by the Evangelical Immigration Table, features the voice of David Uth, senior pastor of First Baptist Orlando.

In a conference call this afternoon, Uth said there is a consistent message in scripture to "welcome and treat fairly all people but especially the stranger and foreigner."

The other states are Colorado, North Carolina, and Texas. The ads follow an initial effort in South Carolina, a hotbed for the immigration debate.

"The ad campaign further increases the Evangelical Immigration Table’s pressure on Congress to produce a new, bipartisan immigration process this spring," according to a release. "It also presages the April 17 Day of Prayer and Action in Washington, during which evangelicals will meet with legislators to demand action, as well as continue the biblically inspired reflection on immigration exemplified by the 'I Was a Stranger' immigration prayer challenge."

The Florida push comes as Sen. Marco Rubio over the weekend expressed concern about moving to quickly on an immigration bill he has been working on with seven other senators.

The ads began today and will run through the middle of April.

[Last modified: Tuesday, April 2, 2013 1:54pm]


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