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“You’re not going to see the president talking critically or negatively about Republicans on an issue like this when he wants to see this happen,” said Jim Wallis, president of the Christian social-justice organization Sojourners. “They’re not looking for conflict here, they are looking for cooperation and collaboration.”
On Tuesday, immigrant rights, faith, labor, and community groups plan a press conference in Washington to announce that they will also launch a fast for immigration reform. Those groups include the Church World Service, Faith in Public Life, The PICO Network, the Service Employees International Union, the Alliance for Citizenship, NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby, Sojourners, Franciscan Action Network, and dozens of other groups.
Half a dozen evangelical Christian leaders — including the Reverend Luis Cortes, Jr., president of Esperanza; Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference; and Noel Castellanos, CEO of the Christian Community Development Association — expressed their support for the program the day before the government started fielding requests.
Then, earlier last week, the Evangelical Immigration Table released a statement of evangelical principles for immigration reform signed by more than 150 of the nation’s evangelical leaders. Rev. Gabriel Salguero, president of the National Latino Evangelical Coalition, offered, “We can and should pass legislation that respects the rule of law and honors our moral commitments to love the immigrant. Silence and inaction are not options.”