The Common Good

Religious Leaders To Meet With White House Officials on Immigration Reform

Source: Sojourners
Date: March 19, 2010

Contact: Jason Gedeik, Sojourners, (202) 230-2555, jgedeik@sojo.net

Religious Leaders To Meet With White House Officials on Immigration Reform
"The Time for Action is now”

"We will boldly declare that it is morally wrong to keep families apart, and that it is morally right to fix the broken system, and to make sure that immigrants are treated with respect and mercy. We will ask the president and the leadership of the House and Senate not to wait any longer for bipartisan consensus to move immigration reform onto the agenda. Introduce the bill, Mr. President, and don't wait for those in the other party or even everyone in your own party to join you. Then let the faith community surround legislators with the stories of our immigrant families and friends who are suffering; and to surround our elected representatives with prayer.”

-- Rev. Jim Wallis, president and founder, Sojourners

WHAT: A high-level delegation of religious leaders will meet met with senior White House officials to push for a committed timeline for immigration reform to be moved forward in Congress. This meeting will take place one day after the March For America: Change Takes Courage and Faith, a mobilization of tens of thousands of people in Washington, DC to demonstrate unified and widespread support for immigration reform.

WHO: Prominent national religious leaders including Rev. Peg Chamberlain, President, National Council of Churches; Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, President, National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference; Rev. Jim Wallis, president, Sojourners.

WHY: The ultra-partisan and poisoned atmosphere in Washington is stifling progress on a myriad of issues. Politicians need a dose of moral courage from the nation's religious leaders to implement workable solutions for immigration reform and to pass legislation in this Congress. The current system is not working for families, communities, businesses or workers. Faith leaders stand ready to deliver a message to lawmakers and to the White House that we urgently need immigration reform now.

WHEN: 11:00 am ET / Monday, March 22nd, 2010

MEDIA: Media interested in interviews should contact Jason Gedeik at (202) 230-2555 or

jgedeik@sojo.net

NOTE: Faith leaders will be available for onsite interviews at the White House immediately following the meeting.

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Christians for Comprehensive Immigration Reform is a coalition of Christian organizations, churches, and leaders from across the theological and political spectrum, united in support of comprehensive U.S. immigration reform. We are working together to see fair and humane immigration reform enacted in Congress this year because we share a set of common moral and theological principles that compel us to love, care for, and seek justice for the stranger among us.

To read our Joint Statement of Principles, visit here or visit www.sojo.net/immigration and click "Our Statement.”

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