Only 12% of white evangelical Christians and 20% of all Protestant Christians say that they think about immigration issues primarily from the perspective of their Christian faith

Few Say Religion Shapes Immigration, Environment Views

12% of Evangelical Christians primarily choose to view Immigration from the Bible

Nine out of 10 Evangelicals (86 percent) want more border security. Six in 10 (61 percent) support a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants. More than two-thirds (68 percent) favor both. And they want Congress to take action soon.

Evangelicals Say It Is Time For Congress To Tackle Immigration

11.5 million: number of undocumented immigrants residing in the U.S., as of January 2011

6.8 million: number of undocumented Mexicans, representing 59% of total undocumented population and 60% of all Mexican immigrants in the U.S.

270,000: number of undocumented Filipinos, representing about 1 out of every 6 Filipino immigrants in the U.S.

240,000: number of undocumented Indians, representing about 1 out of every 7 Indian immigrants in the U.S.

230,000: number of undocumented South Koreans, representing about 2 out of every 9 South Korean immigrants in the U.S.

280,000: number of undocumented Chinese immigrants, representing 1 out of every 6 Chinese immigrants in the U.S.

170,000: number of undocumented Vietnamese immigrants, representing 1 out of every 6 Vietnamese immigrants in the U.S.

56%: percentage of undocumented immigrants who entered U.S. prior to year 2000

85%: percentage of undocumented immigrants who entered prior to 2005

86% of Protestant pastors in the US affirm that Christians should “care sacrificially for refugees and foreigners.…BUT…Only 8% say their church is currently involved in serving these communities locally

44 out of 46: number of economists surveyed that believe that illegal immigration has been good for the U.S. economy overall

$15 billion: estimated annual contributions to the Social Security system from undocumented immigrants, even though they are generally ineligible to receive any Social Security benefits

75%: percentage of undocumented immigrants are paying payroll taxes, including Social Security, Medicare, and income taxes

$11.8 billion: amount paid in local and state taxes by undocumented immigrants in 2012 ($1.1 billion in personal income taxes, $3.6 billion in property taxes, and $7.1 billion in sales and excise taxes; does not include Social Security, Medicare, or federal income taxes)

$80,000: amount the average immigrant & his or her offspring will pay in taxes over the course of a lifetime beyond the cost of the governmental services & benefits they collect (but this net benefit is somewhat skewed because there is sometimes a net cost to local governments)

96%: labor participation for undocumented adult males

65%: percentage of Hispanic immigrants who believe that abortion should be illegal, compared to 40% of all non-Hispanic Americans

50% to 60%: percentage of the food Americans eat that was touched by immigrant hands

68% of evangelical Christians say that they would support immigration reforms that would both increase border security and establish a process so that immigrants present unlawfully in the U.S. could earn permanent legal status and eventually citizenship if they paid a fine and met other qualifications

Just 1 in 5 evangelical Christians says that they have ever been encouraged by their local church to reach out to immigrants in their community

Only about half of evangelical Christians (53%) say that they are very familiar with what the Bible says about how to treat immigrants

The Hebrew word for an immigrant, ger, appears 92 times just in the Old Testament

Source: Welcoming the Stranger: Justice, Compassion & Truth in the Immigration Debate, Matthew Soerens and Jenny Hwang Yang, InterVarsity Press, 2009, page 83 InterVarsity Press, 2009, page 83