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Southern Baptist Convention's Dr. Richard Land on Obama immigration policy change: 'It's the right thing to do'

President Obama announced a new immigration policy last week, which allows some young illegal immigrants in the U.S. to stay to work without the fear of being deported.

The President's policy is applicable to illegal immigrants who are under 30 years old; came to the U.S. before the age of 16; have lived in the U.S. for more than 5 years; are in high school, graduated high school, have their GED or are enrolled in the military; and who pose no legal or security threat.

Before the announcement, presidential advisers met with Evangelical Christian leaders to discuss "The Evangelical Statement of Principles for Immigration Reform." Dr. Richard Land, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, was one of the leaders in attendance.

This morning on "Starting Point," Soledad talks with Dr. Land, who says attendees discussed immigration reform in relation to certain principles, such as "respecting the God-given dignity of every human person, respecting the unity of the immediate family, respecting the rule of law, calling for secure national borders and then calling for a pathway to either citizenship or full legal status."

Dr. Land adds that "this is the low-hanging fruit of immigration reform. These young people - 99.9 % of them have done nothing wrong. They didn't bring themselves here."

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