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Conclusion: Evangelical Christianity and Immigration Reform: What Comes Next?

  • 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

First, we summarize the key findings from the preceding chapters. We consider the fault lines among the faithful and growing areas of convergence. And we garner lessons from our church surveys, elite interviews, and public opinion data. We argue that there are biblical, moral, and historical rationales for immigration reform that are potentially persuasive for at least some evangelicals, and there are varying methods that can be utilized more effectively to mobilize evangelical public opinion and action in this arena. Finally, we reflect upon areas for future research.

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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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