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Evangelicals to push immigration reform on Florida radio

A billboard set to go up near Sen. Marco Rubio's office in Jacksonville

A billboard set to go up near Sen. Marco Rubio's office in Jacksonville

With Congress set to return next week, an Evangelical coalition is intensifying efforts to pass immigration reform, with radio ads in Florida and 12 other states plus billboards such as this one that will go up in Jacksonville.

The $250,000 national campaign will be formally announced later today by the Evangelical Immigration Table.

National ads will run on the Salem Communications Network and will feature Dr. Russell Moore, president-elect of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, and Lynne Hybels, co-founder of Willow Creek Community Church in Illinois.

Local pastors will be used in ads on stations in Alaska, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Montana, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas.

The Florida spot will feature Rev. Dr. David Uth, senior pastor at First Baptist Orlando. The billboard in Jacksonville will be near Sen. Marco Rubio's office. (Rubio, meantime, is getting hit with TV ads in parts of Florida for his position on immigration)

As the group announces its effort, small groups of Christians will gather in their communities to pray for immigrants and for Congress as part of the Pray for Reform campaign, according to organizers.

"Evangelical Christians from across the country are putting their faith into action by praying for reform that keeps families together and provides an earned pathway to citizenship while also ensuring the safety of our borders — and also by urging our nation’s leaders to enact such reform this summer."

[Last modified: Thursday, May 30, 2013 3:10pm]


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