The Evangelical Immigration Table came out Monday in support of a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants.

In a statement released Monday in conjunction with a press call, the organization laid out its contention that a “just and fair immigration system” should include “earned” citizenship.

“This call is rooted in our biblically informed commitment to human freedom and dignity,” the group said. “American democracy is anchored by the conviction that all human beings are created in God’s image, and should be treated with dignity and respect. For those who have earned the right to live permanently in the United States, citizenship is a natural next step.”

“It is actually very remarkable the degree to which there is a consensus among our members on this subject. It was at one time an issue that was rather hotly debated,” the statement added.