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Both Kullberg and Hoffmeier expressed to me an openness to a path to legalization (not full citizenship) under the right circumstances. Hoffmeier said it would have to be done in such a way that would not incentivize future flows of immigrants illegally crossing the border.

“Perhaps the solution is that they’re given the equivalent of a green card—and some appropriate penalty—but they never get a chance for citizenship,” Hoffmeier told me.

The disagreement between evangelicals hasn’t always been polite: Last week, Jim Wallis, president of Sojourners, called racism “a major factor” in some conservatives’ opposition to immigration reform, including the views of Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, possibly the most outspoken immigration opponent in the Republican-controlled House. Sojourners this week began running an ad in King’s district aimed at “shattering stereotypes” about illegal immigrants (Pew Research found 61 percent of all immigrants to the United States in 2012 were Christian).

Hoffmeier said “gadflies like Jim Wallis” are making the problem worse by misusing Scripture to suit their own purposes.

“My objection is mainly to using the Bible in a wrong way,” he said.

Listen to excerpts from the Heritage Foundation panel on The World and Everything in It:

J.C. Derrick
J.C. Derrick

J.C. is a reporter in WORLD's Washington Bureau. He spent 10 years covering sports, higher education, and politics for the Longview News-Journal and other newspapers in Texas before joining WORLD in 2012. Follow J.C. on Twitter @jcderrick1.

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