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National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) "is a body of believers made up of 40 denominations and thousands of churches, schools, nonprofits and individuals."[1] The NAE Insight is the quarterly newsletter of the National Association of Evangelicals.

The "compassionate service arm" of the National Association of Evangelicals is World Relief.[2]

The National Association of Evangelicals also runs the Chaplains Commission,[3] which "provides support and endorsement for evangelicals to minister as chaplains in the military and Department of Veterans Affairs."

NAE resolution on immigration in 2009

In October 2009, the National Association of Evangelicals agreed to a resolution[4] on immigration reform.

"The Board of Directors of the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE), representing 40 denominations, scores of evangelical organizations and millions of American evangelicals, today approved a resolution calling for action on immigration reform."

Pushing for Amnesty

In Spring 2014, Vice President of Government Relations for National Association of Evangelicals Galen Carey wrote:[5]

"Following the adoption of the National Association of Evangelicals resolution on immigration in 2009, NAE staff and members have met with more than 150 congressional offices, some many times, to encourage our elected leaders to fix our broken immigration system. We have also met with President Obama and members of his administration to make the same case for reform. We have sought to persuade our fellow citizens through dozens of op-eds, blogs and interviews with mainstream, religious and ethnic media."

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"The National Association of Evangelicals has joined other evangelical organizations including the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention and National Association of Evangelicals members National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, National Latino Evangelical Coalition and World Relief to form the Evangelical Immigration Table. Working together, we have amplified our voice in Washington. We have also mobilized evangelicals nationwide to study the Scriptures, pray for reform and advocate with their members of Congress.

Illegal Immigration

The National Association of Evangelicals has repeatedly promoted amnesty for illegal immigrants in America.

In 2010, Matthew Soerens of Sojourners attacked NumbersUSA[6] for testifying[7] about the hazards of illegal immigration:

"There's a good reason that restrictionist groups like NumbersUSA need to resort to non-theologians like Mr. Edwards to try to make their case: It's difficult to find a single recognizable Christian leader who is speaking out against comprehensive reform while all the major Christian institutions in the U.S. -- the Catholic Bishops, the National Association of Evangelicals and their many member denominations, the Southern Baptist Convention, and the National Council of Churches -- are all on the same page."

Matthew Soerens also cited Richard Land of the Southern Baptist Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, Mat Staver of the Liberty University School of Law, Roman Catholic Bishop Gerald Kicanas, Bill Hybels of Willow Creek Community Church, "leaders of denominations such as the Assemblies of God, the Evangelical Free Church, the Nazarenes, the Wesleyan Church, the Christian Reformed Church, and the Vineyard" and the U.S. Catholic Bishops as being supportive of amnesty for illegal immigrants.

In 2014, The National Association of Evangelicals published[8] a series of quotes in an article titled: "Why is Immigration Reform Important to Your Church?"

"If families are together, they are stronger. This makes our churches and cities stronger. The economy also is stronger as people work to provide for their families. Beside these things, churches are ultimately responsible to take care of the destitute and treat them with dignity and respect. This is why we care."- Daniel Garrido, Senior Pastor, The Crossing Church in Colorado Springs, Colorado
"Cultivating a heart for immigrants in our church has had some wonderful “side effects”: hospitality and kindness mean more (Matt. 25); diversity in the body makes the gospel more credible (Acts 11); and ultimately, relationships with the immigrants in our midst add vitality to our stories of faith in action (James 2)." - David Park, Pastor, Open Table Community in Atlanta, Georgia
"Bronx Bethany’s immigrant founders were denied membership in a mainline New York City church 50 years ago. Rather than curse the darkness, they began a faith community committed to welcoming all. We understand intimately the sojourn of the immigrant and the relevance of being obedient to Scripture that instructs us to care for the foreigner." - Althea Taylor, Executive Pastor, Bronx Bethany Church of the Nazarene
"Immigration reform is crucial, because the Bible demands social justice for immigrants and because we now have an entire generation of immigrant children who desperately need to be successfully assimilated into our society. The time to act is now." - Sandy Willson, Senior Minister, Second Presbyterian Church in Memphis, Tennessee

In 2014, the National Association of Evangelicals posted an article by Bill Hybels urging citizenship for illegal immigrants.[9]

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