Immigration Reform – President meets with Religious Community

President Obama and members of his senior staff met last Friday (3/8/13) with a diverse group of religious leaders from across America. I have included the list of participants below. The White House meeting was held to update these leaders on the progress of immigration reform and to give them a chance to voice their concerns. The discussions were off-the-record; however, it was reported the discussions involved “Family-based Immigration”, “Path to Citizenship”, LGBT rights and many others. One participant, Dieter Uchtdorf from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints stated, “We were a very small group, and so everyone had a chance to say their piece”. Uchtdorf also stated, “The President was very warm and friendly, and seemed interested in what we had to say.”

MVP Law Group realizes that humanity is a hard thing to legislate! We feel the President is on the right path by including as many perspectives as possible in the discussion.

Participants in the meeting included:

• Leith Anderson, National Association of Evangelicals • Stephan Bauman, President and CEO, World Relief • Bishop Minerva Carcaño, United Methodist Church • Rev. Luis Cortés, President, Esperanza • Barrett Duke, Southern Baptist Convention • Bishop Orlando Findlayter, Senior Pastor, New Hope Christian Fellowship • Archbishop José Horacio Gomez, Archdiocese of Los Angeles • Mark Hetfield, President and CEO, Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society
• Rev. Kathryn Lohre, National Council of Churches • Imam Mohamed Magid, President, Islamic Society of North America • Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, President, National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference • Rev. Gabriel Salguero, President, National Latino Evangelical Coalition • Dieter Uchtdorf, Second Counselor, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints • Jim Wallis, President and CEO, Sojourners

View the links below for more detail on the subject: (3/8/13) Press Release:
Readout of the President’s Meeting on Commonsense Immigration Reform (3/9/13) Released Statement:
Obama invites NCC, religious leaders to discussion of immigration reform (3/8/13) Article:
President Uchtdorf, faith leaders counsel President Obama on Immigration

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