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Christians Constitute Largest Immigrant Group In America

July 31, 2013

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According to a recent Pew report, the majority of U.S. immigrants are Christians and the number of Christians has risen over the past twenty years. Currently, Congress is mulling over an immigration bill that will hugely impact the lives of immigrants in the nation. Some in Congress oppose amnesty, while others seek to lay out a path to citizenship.

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Polling and Analysis – Religious Affiliation of U.S. Immigrants: Majority Christian, Rising Share of Other Faiths

…While Christians continue to make up a majority of legal immigrants to the U.S., the estimated share of new legal permanent residents who are Christian declined from 68% in 1992 to 61% in 2012… unauthorized immigrants, by contrast, come primarily from Latin America and the Caribbean, and the overwhelming majority of them – an estimated 83% – are Christian. That share is slightly higher than the percentage of Christians in the U.S. population as a whole (estimated at just under 80% of U.S. residents of all ages, as of 2010). These are among the key findings of a new study by the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life examining recent trends in the geographic origins and religious affiliation of immigrants to the United States.

http://www.pewforum.org

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Christians Remain Committed To The Faith P2

April 30, 2009

This is a follow up to last month’s article Christians Remain Committed To The Faith, where I wrote about the inaccuracy of a poll on religion in America, as it had not included illegal immigrants living in the country.

Two weeks later, the National Coalition of Latino Clergy and Christian Leaders revealed 3,400,000 of their church worshippers are undocumented immigrants living in the United States.

There are millions more at other churches all across America, who’ve welcomed immigrants of all ethnicities and nationalities. They are all people too.  Most illegal immigrants do not speak to the Census Bureau for fear of being deported and as a result are not counted. Once again, Christianity’s numbers have gone up, not down.

Hispanic groups call for Census boycott

Some Hispanic advocacy groups are calling for illegal immigrants to boycott the 2010 Census unless immigration laws are changed. The move puts them at odds with leading immigrant rights advocates and creates another hurdle in the Census Bureau’s quest to count everyone in the USA.

The National Coalition of Latino Clergy & Christian Leaders, a group that says it represents 20,000 evangelical churches in 34 states, issued a statement this week urging undocumented immigrants not to fill out Census forms unless Congress passes “genuine immigration reform.”

Similar grass-roots campaigns are unfolding in Arizona and New Mexico to protest state and local crackdowns on illegal immigrants. Asking immigrants to be counted without giving them a chance to become legal residents counters church teachings, says the Rev. Miguel Rivera, president of the Latino religious coalition.

When the Census counts growing numbers of Hispanics, the counts are often used to support crackdowns on illegal immigrants, he says. About 38% of the churches’ 3.4 million members are undocumented, he says…

http://www.usatoday.com

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