The Common Good

Evangelical Leaders Optimistic After Meeting Obama on Immigration Reform

Date: March 9, 2013

After emerging from a closed-door meeting with President Obama Friday, evangelical leaders said they were hopeful and optimistic that the president will work with members of Congress to pass immigration reform this year.

Evangelicals were among the 14 leaders from different faiths, including Mormonism and Islam, who met Obama for more than one hour at the White House Friday morning, and urged quick action to pass immigration reform.

The Rev. Jim Wallis, President and CEO, Sojourners, a Christian social justice group, commented, "President Obama made clear how high a priority immigration reform is for him and the White House and that the involvement of the faith community will be an integral part of ensuring it passes."