Texas Baptists to launch immigration services

June 26, 2007

By SUZANNE GAMBOA
Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Some conservatives may reject comprehensive immigration reform as amnesty, but a large group of conservatives — Baptists — say the Bible mandates they back legalization.

The Baptist General Convention of Texas and Southern Baptists Convention have adopted resolutions embracing immigrants — legal and illegal.

“You cannot deny the message of migration in the biblical story, in the Old Testament and the New Testament. God calling people into unknown lands is very central to the biblical story,” said Suzii Paynter, director of the Christian Life Commission for the Baptist General Convention of Texas.

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