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Evangelical pastors step up pro-immigration campaign

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A national coalition of evangelical churches announced Tuesday that it is expanding a radio campaign aimed at persuading Republicans in Congress to support a broad overhaul of immigration laws.

The Evangelical Immigration Table launched a new round of ads in 56 congressional districts across 14 states, an effort that comes as Congress heads into the second half of its five-week summer recess. The ads, featuring local pastors, will be broadcast primarily on Christian radio stations over the next two weeks at a cost of $400,000, organizers said. They will air in Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Missouri, Oklahoma, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas and Wisconsin.