Messengers have adopted a much-debated revolution on immigration that asks “our governing authorities to implement, with the borders secured, a just and compassionate path to legal status, with appropriate restitutionary measures, for those undocumented immigrants already living in our country.” That language was the source of controversy in the morning, when a ballot vote was taken on whether or not to strike it. In the end, messengers kept it in the resolution by a vote of 51.31 percent (766) to 48.43 percent (723). The resolution, though, was amended to state that “this resolution is not to be construed as support for amnesty for any undocumented immigrant.” That latter amendment passed nearly unanimously and was brought to messengers by the Resolutions Committee.
Other key parts of the resolution not at issue say:
RESOLVED, That the messengers to the Southern Baptist Convention … call on our churches to be the presence of Christ, in both proclamation and ministry, to all persons, regardless of country of origin or immigration status …
… RESOLVED, That we deplore any bigotry or harassment against any persons, regardless of their country of origin or legal status … (here)
And they did so in Phoenix, Arizona.