Lance Dickie: Evangelicals take a seat at the table of immigration reform

By Lance Dickie

The Seattle Times

Published: Thursday, Jan. 24 2013 5:00 a.m. MST

Defining what needs to be fixed with immigration, and how to accommodate it, grinds the process to a halt. Daniel J. Tichenor, a political-science professor at the University of Oregon, noted in a call that significant reforms last came in 1986, after congressional discussions started in the early 1970s. President George W. Bush tried and failed in 2001 and 2006.

For all the apparent current political traction around immigration reforms, Tichenor expects them to trail behind debates over gun legislation and budget issues.

Seattle-based U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan put the immigration reforms in another perspective. She said new laws could free up resources for other pressing crime prevention.

Evangelicals have attentive audiences on Sunday mornings and on Capitol Hill. Their commitment and influence might empower substantive change.

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