Anglican Archbishop joins call for immigration overhaul

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Archbishop Robert Duncan of the Anglican Church in North America and of the Anglican Diocese of Pittsburgh has joined about 225 national evangelical leaders in signing the Evangelical Statement of Principles for Immigration Reform.

The statement calls for a "bi-partisan solution on immigration that respects the God-given dignity of every person, protects the unity of the immediate family, respects the rule of law, guarantees secure national borders, ensures fairness to taxpayers, establishes a path toward legal status and/or citizenship for those who qualify and who wish to become permanent residents."

President Obama has made immigration overhaul a priority of his second term, and many conservative evangelical leaders have become vocal in calling for such overhaul. Other prominent signers are Leith Anderson, president of the National Association of Evangelicals; Jim Daly, president of Focus on the Family; and Jim Wallis, president of Sojourners. Archbishop Duncan is currently leading a national gathering of the Anglican Church in North America, a denomination formed in 2009 by about 100,000 theological conservatives from the Episcopal Church, the Anglican Church of Canada and some smaller denominations.

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