Faith Leaders Back Obama on Immigration Reform

By Jennifer Riley | Christian Post Reporter

President Obama’s call on Thursday for the federal government to quickly pass immigration reform was backed by diverse and somewhat unlikely groups of religious leaders.

African-American and Hispanic pastors joined forces Wednesday in a first-of-its kind coalition to support comprehensive immigration reform. And on Thursday, conservative, white evangelical leaders attended the American University event in support of the president’s first major speech on immigration.

The Rev. Bill Hybels, senior pastor of the 12,000-member Willow Creek Community Church outside of Chicago, introduced President Obama who went on to call Republicans and Democrats to work together to overhaul the country’s broken immigration system.

“The question now is whether we will have the courage and the political will to pass a bill through Congress, to finally get it done,” the president said. “I’m ready to move forward, the majority of Democrats are ready to move forward and I believe the majority of Americans are ready to move forward. But the fact is that without bipartisan support, as we had just a few years ago, we cannot solve this problem.”

“Reform that brings accountability to our immigration system cannot pass without Republican votes,” he said, indirectly accusing Republicans of holding up comprehensive immigration reform.

Conservative, white evangelicals are among the Republican Party’s staunchest supporters. But several of the evangelical community’s most prominent members were in the audience Thursday to support the president and immigration reform. Read more.

Source: Christian Post

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