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Evangelical group presses for immigration reform

Updated: 2013-04-24T05:20:55Z

By DAVE HELLING

The Kansas City Star

A group of Kansas City area evangelical ministers is urging Congress to quickly approve comprehensive immigration reform.

The group, I Was a Stranger KC, convened a discussion and strategy session with area pastors and church officials Tuesday. More than 90 people took part in the two-hour meeting in Kansas City, Kan.

“Too often, the church has been the last to stand up for the dignity of the most vulnerable,” the group’s statement says.

Organizer Kurt Rietema said the group wants to approach the topic from a biblical, not political, perspective.

“How do we view the immigrant … as image bearers of God, not with these kinds of labels like ‘illegal?’” he asked.

The group plans an outreach effort and is urging supporters to call their senators and express support for immigration reform.

Hearings on the issue are underway in Washington.

To reach Dave Helling, call 816-234-4656 or send email to dhelling@kcstar.com.

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