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Obama Rallies Hispanic Christians on Immigration

c. 2011 Religion News Service

WASHINGTON (RNS) President Obama assured Hispanic Christians on Thursday (May 12) that he hears their pleas for immigration reform, calling it a “moral imperative” that requires action from the pews and the White House.

“What I can do is sign a law,” he told more than 600 people gathered here for the National Hispanic Prayer Breakfast. “What you can do is champion a law. What we can do together is make comprehensive immigration reform the law of the land.”

Obama, who gave a more detailed speech in El Paso, Texas, on Tuesday about an immigration overhaul, told Hispanic evangelicals that immigration reform must be seen as a moral concern, as well as an economic and security imperative.


“It’s a moral imperative when kids are being denied the chance to go to college or serve their military because of the actions of their parents,” he said. “It’s a moral imperative when simply enforcing the law may mean inflicting pain on families who are just trying to do the right thing by their children.”

In recent weeks, Obama has increased calls for immigration reform, meeting with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and unveiling a 29-page blueprint for “Building a 21st Century Immigration System.”

The Rev. Luis Cortes Jr., founder and president of Philadelphia-based Esperanza, the host of the biennial breakfast, said he remains hopeful that Obama may make reform a reality.


“He has set out a challenge, and our hope and desire now is that he will be successful and that we will be able to help him be successful,” Cortes said.

He said his organization, frustrated with the inability of Republicans and Democrats to reach consensus, has launched a campaign through Hispanic churches to encourage members to contact Congress to push for legislation.

Another Hispanic leader, who thought Obama’s breakfast speech was short on specifics, tied the president’s success on reform to his political fortunes in the 2012 election.

Citing the millions of Hispanic Christians in the U.S., Pastor Adan Guerrero of McAllen, Texas, said: “We have power.”

Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., also urged breakfast attendees to help get a bipartisan bill passed: “I need you to give the most fervent sermons you have ever given on this issue,” he said.

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  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Brittanicus


    The Tea Party in America has affirmed that the illegal alien population will begin to shrink instead of growing, if we support candidates that will reflect the will of the vast majority of American citizens. The revolt within the Republican Party is the TEA PARTY who is resentful of both political parties having agendas to support their individual empowerment. for millions of extra votes for Democrats and for the GOP exploitable cheap labor. Neither is the belief of the TEA PARTY that wants stronger enforcement at the North and Southern border, which includes a National Guard presence, with the ability for the interdiction of drug smuggling, weapons dealers and illegal immigrants, with force if necessary? Furthermore, the mandated use of the new version of E-Verify, that carries tough penalties for businesses that hire workers, without legal status. In addition, the Permanent operation of “Secure Communities” in local police locations, to fingerprint and check their criminal charges through ICE data bases.

    Those Lawmakers, Governors, Mayors and municipal officials who catered to the illegal immigration, open border nuts, special interests and radical ethnocentric groups as La Raza, will be voted out of office by the TEA PARTY. These elected officials will take full responsibility for not repressing illegal immigration into their States, by not enacting policing laws or other enforcement. California, Nevada is examples of Sanctuary States and is visibly suffering from Loss of revenue by economic illegal aliens that have settled there. UTAH, INDIANA, are named as poorly regulated immigration laws and are likely once identified, will have hundreds of thousands of “economic illegal” aliens pouring into those States.

    The Tea Party will not tolerate any further Amnesties as after the Great 1986 Amnesty laws were ignored by both parties. The late Ted Kennedy accorded to The People that there would never be another amnesty, that this was a “One Time” assurance. Or is US government lying to us again? . The 2006 Secure (Double) Fence Act was intentionally unfunded just months after being enacted. The Tea Party apposes Sanctuary Cities, Chain Migration and the court mishandled instant citizen for babies intentionally conceived to gain entrance for illegal parents into America. The Dream Act, which in turn will add to the Chain Migration and Immigration Reform, a misleading name for Amnesty. All these lenient rewards, just encourages further exploitation and a unfettered magnet to financial benefits and public services once crossing the border or overstaying expired visas.

    The American people have woken up and each day are finding that the Tea Party (perhaps third party) are more like their middle class interpretation that they are striving for? The Tea Party stands somewhere between Democrats and Republicans in definition, as moderate Conservatism have received amazing results in such a short time. So Join the TEA PARTY as the revolution has just begun, to fade out the radical people who run this country. Skilled immigrants with high profession job expertise will receive the hospitality of all Americans, including the Tea party members. But we must stop the unfettered incursion of people, who will need welfare assistance and will displace impoverished Americans who still have manual jobs. The TEA PARTY is the American peoples expeditious route to break away from RINO,S and Liberal-Marxist Extremist and Democrats.

    With no excuses to their alternate parties, member politicians are moving to the TEA PARTY, as a means to prove their loyalty to all Americans. Something that must be stipulated is that individuals, illegal aliens and small groups of radical activists have infiltrated the TEA PARTY and displaying dangerous activities, within the ranks of average, citizens and residents. They are causing violent disturbances making it seem that TEA PARTY’ERS are foul-mouthed louts, as found in the Trade Union. Organizations. Arizona has became a “Litmus Test” against unconstitutional practices by Obama Czarists against this border State over the epicenter of the economic illegal alien invasion, depleting welfare and public services. They now request the American people’s help, in building the original fence by donating money, as the US Legislators have failed miserably. Go to the Arizona Governor Brewer website, by surfing it on Google. Taxpayer must take their Politicians to task whether federal or State, by calling their offices as soon as possible at Senate—202-224–3121/ House—202-225–3121 or locate these lawmakers in your phone directory blue pages. NumbersUSA for more details regarding this incendiary issue.

    Potential Presidential contender Donald Trump today in his conference is saying what other political mouthpieces are induced not to say that China and Mexico are destroying America. This nation must become a major manufacture of products again. Thousands of US companies have moved abroad, as our government has offered incentives to do so? Trump says put a 25% percent tariff’s on goods imported into this country, on trade from cheap labor countries, or we are going the way of the dinosaur and rapidly. China, South Korea, India, Mexico are taking unfair advantage, that why we owe 40 cents of every dollar to foreign countries and their investors.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Christian for Immigration Reform

    Britanicus has spoken on behalf of the TEA PARTY that makes up less than 10% of the population of America, screams out at rallies, waves their guns and violent rhetoric to intimate – but speaks not for me.

    I am thankful that Our President is the first President to look seriously at this issue and do something about it by putting forward a real plan. As a Christian I continue to pray for him and our leaders as they try to correct the neglectfulness of previous leaders – finding a way to a fair compromise.

    Note to TEA PARTY – you are not taken seriously by the 90% of America. Instead of complaining, start praying. Then you will peace. I feel sorry you.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment cknuck

    Obama will say anything for votes, he is attempting to beg borrow or steal votes, he’s in reelection mode, quite frankly I wouldn’t trust any politician to have the country’s best interest at heart right now.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Henrietta22

    Do you think a Dog Catcher should run for President, ck?

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment cknuck

    How about a honest person H?

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Henrietta22

    Obama is an honest person ck, he can’t help it if he also a politician.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment cknuck

    H you can’t possibly know that, come back to reality. His actions are the actions of a dishonest politician I’ll go by that instead of your emotional speculations.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Henrietta22

    I never decide my future President by my emotions ck. In fact, I never decide anything by my emotions.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment pagansister

    cknuck, have you looked at the men who have decided to run so far for the Republican party? What a joke! Newt being one of the biggest. THE Donald was a joke just by giving the impression he might run—and backed out because “he likes being in business”. No, he got screwed when the President’s birth certificate was REAL! I’ve already made up my mind who I’ll vote for and there is still over a year to go! :o) ObL is dead thanks to President Obama’s orders, and that of Seal Team 6. Better creds than “W” had when he ran the 2nd time.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment cknuck

    can’t disagree pagan other than the only thing Obama had to do with the death was to sit and watch a TV screen, he didn’t do anything. However there are no decent nominates.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment pagansister

    cknuck, you continue to say President Obama didn’t do anything except watch the TV? HE gave the OK to do the mission—HE was responsible for taking the information and deciding to have Seal Team 6 do their job. IMO, he was “there” just as much as the men actually on the ground. All those people in that room were concerned and “there”. Those folks weren’t eating popcorn and beer—they weren’t being “entertained”. They were mentally there.

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