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Michel Zajur, CEO of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Virginia, lauded the entrepreneurial spirit of immigrants and Jim Wallis of the Christian social justice organization Sojourners stressed the religious aspect of immigration reform.
Jim Wallis, president and founder of Sojourners, said the time for a vote is before Congress breaks in August. Anderson said a delay is a vote for the status quo of a dysfunctional immigration system.
The Rev. Jim Wallis, president of Sojourners, says the campaign for immigration reform unites people of faith.
The Rev. Jim Wallis, president of Sojourners, says the campaign for immigration reform unites people of faith.
Samuel Rodriguez, director of the National Council of Evangelical Latinos, and Lisa Sharon Harper, Christian social group Sojourners were also kept fasting during the same period but in different parts of the country, told AP spokesperson "Fast for Families" Casey Schoeneberger.
A day earlier, Biden and President Barack Obama plan to huddle with religious leaders to urge the House to act on immigration. Among the leaders that will meet with Obama, Biden and top aides at the White House Wednesday morning are megachurch pastor Joel Hunter, National Association of Evangelicals President Leith Anderson and Jim Wallis of the social justice group Sojourners.
The Rev. Jim Wallis, editor of Sojourners Christian social group, presented during the press conference wooden crucifixes to the four who began fasting on Tuesday and five others planning to join in the coming days to protest called "Fast for Families ".
With time growing desperately short for Congress to prevent a threatened Treasury default and stop a partial government shutdown, a group of ministers, the Circle of Protection, pray at dawn at the Capitol to draw attention to lawmakers that political divisiveness hurts the most vulnerable Americans, in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013. From right are Kathy Saile, Gary Cook, Rev. Jim Wallis, and Major Carole Busroe of the Salvation Army. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
The Rev. Jim Wallis, president of Sojourners, said the rhetoric in Congress reminds him of the Tower of Babel, where no one can understand what the other is saying.
Religious leaders who've been calling for immigration reform are pressing Congress to complete action on what they're calling a moral imperative. At a prayer service on Capitol Hill, Regent University President Carlos Campo asked God to change lawmakers' hearts to overcome what might otherwise be impossible opposition. Congress is preparing to break for a month-long summer recess at the end of next week without action in the full House on any immigration legislation, even after the Senate passed a bill last month that would create a path to citizenship for the 11 million immigrants already in the country illegally. The Rev. Jim Wallis, who heads the Christian social action group Sojourners, said: "How we respond to 11 million people is how we respond to Jesus himself."