June, 2010

Religious Activism and Immigration Reform


On June 15, Public Religion Research Institute CEO Robert P. Jones participated in a panel at the Brookings Institution on immigration reform and religious activism. The panel, which was hosted by E. J. Dionne and Bill Galston, included Jim Wallis, President of Sojourners, Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, President of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, Kevin Appleby with the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, Episcopal Bishop Katharine Jefferts Shori, Dr. David Leal of University of Texas and Mark Lopez, Associate Director of the Pew Hispanic Center.

The Golden Rule, Immigration, and Gov. Brewer’s Arizona: What Americans Really Want from Immigration Reform


One little known fact about Gov. Brewer is that as Secretary of State she launched a program in 2003 to establish Arizona as a Golden Rule state, recognizing “those who treat others the way they would like to be treated and who make a difference in Arizona.” But this isn’t reflected in Arizona’s recent immigration law. New polling by Public Religion Research Institute shows that Americans say the Golden rule should be an important moral guide to immigration reform.