Weekly Religion News with new research on which religious groups support immigration reform at the federal level, "And Then They Prayed" by Barry Loudemilk and more.
Released following the Supreme Court decision on Arizona’s controversial immigration law, the June 2012 Religion and Politics Tracking Survey conducted by the Public Religion Research Institute finds broad agreement across racial, political and religious divides that immigration policy is best decided at the national level, as opposed to the state level.
With regard to religious groups, majorities of minority Christians (65 percent), Catholics (63 percent) and the unaffiliated (55 percent) agree that illegal immigrants brought to the United States as children should be able to gain legal resident status if they join the military or go to college. White mainline Protestants are nearly evenly divided (47 percent agree, 50 percent disagree). White evangelical Protestants are the only religious group among whom a majority disagree with this policy (39 percent agree, 58 percent disagree).
“There is broad consensus among the public that immigration is an issue that should be handled at the federal level,” said Dr. Robert P. Jones, PRRI CEO. “Across, generational, partisan, and religious divides, Americans agree that immigration is a national issue requiring a national solution.”
The survey was designed and conducted by Public Religion Research Institute. Results of the survey were based on bilingual (Spanish and English) telephone interviews conducted between June 20, 2012 and June 24, 2012 by interviewers under the direction of Social Science Research Solutions.
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