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Introduction: Religion and the Politics of Immigration Reform

  • Ruth M. Melkonian-Hoover
  • Lyman A. Kellstedt
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Part of the Palgrave Studies in Religion, Politics, and Policy book series (PSRPP)

Abstract

Immigration policy has been an important issue throughout American history. In this text, we examine the role of evangelicals in this policy arena. We contend that there are a series of fault lines among evangelicals with regard to immigration policy: between evangelical elites and laity; between a growing majority of centrist and center-left evangelical elites, and an increasingly vocal minority of evangelical elites who are staunchly conservative on immigration questions; and between evangelicals along lines of race and ethnicity. We also consider areas of convergence and cooperation within these same categories.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ruth M. Melkonian-Hoover
    • 1
  • Lyman A. Kellstedt
    • 2
  1. 1.Gordon CollegeWenhamUSA
  2. 2.Wheaton CollegeWheatonUSA

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