Clergy, White House talk about immigration reform

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On the heels of a rally on the National Mall by advocates of immigration reform, religious leaders met at the White House on March 22 to plot strategy, despite a packed election-year political calendar.

Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, said Latino Christians are frustrated with the slow movement on immigration reform and with the growing numbers of deportations.

Still, Rodriguez said he hopes President Obama will use some of the same strategies he used with health-care reform—including a national address— to address immigration reform. “It’s time to get to work and see some outcomes,” Rodriguez said.

Jim Wallis, president of the anti-poverty group Sojourners, said the faith community is ready to help Obama mobilize the grass roots.


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