Since 2006, Sojourners has called for an end to divisive and fear-driven anti-immigrant rhetoric while building support among Christians for comprehensive immigration reform. We have successfully worked toward these goals through coalition building, local leadership training, clergy education initiatives, and substantial media outreach. This has resulted in the creation of a network of supporters ranging from denominational leadership and megachurch pastors to small town local clergy in target states.
Over the last two years, Sojourners’ work in helping convene the Evangelical Immigration Table (EIT) has had a tremendous impact in changing the conversation about immigrants and immigration, addressing prejudice against immigrants, and building support for comprehensive immigration reform. The White House gave credit to the EIT for playing a key role in the announcement of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), also known as the DREAMers. Our work has resulted in a quantifiable positive shift in attitudes about immigrants, meetings with President Obama and influential members of Congress, millions of dollars’ worth of earned media, and gives us hope that comprehensive immigration reform will pass this year.
Sojourners will continue to inform the public and mobilize our own more than 200,000 online activists in all 50 states, including 60,000 pastors and congregational leaders.