Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, said Latino Christians are frustrated with the slow pace of change on immigration reform, and more deportations.
Still, Rodriguez said he hopes President Barack Obama will use some of the same strategies he used with health care reform — including a national address — to also succeed on immigration reform.
Jim Wallis, president of the anti-poverty group Sojourners, said the faith community is ready to help Obama mobilize the grass roots. “There has never been more unity on this issue in the faith community,” said Wallis, describing the commitment from the National Council of Churches, the National Association of Evangelicals, Catholic and Jewish leaders who participated in the meeting.
“This is not a Hispanic issue,” he said. “This is a faith issue. This is a family issue.”