The Common Good

Obama To Meet With Religious Leaders On Immigration

Date: November 12, 2013

President Barack Obama will continue his stepped-up push for immigration legislation on Wednesday, meeting with a group of religious leaders to push for action. He hopes they will put pressure on House Republicans, who have been noncommittal about whether or when they will consider the issue.

Also attending the meeting will be Vice President Joe Biden, senior adviser Valerie Jarrett, Cecilia Muñoz, the White House point person on immigration, and Melissa Rogers, who heads the White House’s religious outreach program.

The religious leaders included include several longtime supporters of immigration legislation. A White House official said those expected are:

–Leith Anderson, president of the National Association of Evangelicals

–Eusebio Elizondo, auxiliary bishop at the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Seattle

–Joel Hunter, senior pastor at Northland Church in Orlando, Fla.

–Hyepin Im, president and CEO of Korean Churches for Community Development in Los Angeles

–Mike McClenahan, senior pastor at Solana Beach Presbyterian Church in Solana Beach, Calif.

–Russell Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission

–Gabriel Salguero, president of the National Latino Evangelical Coalition

–Jim Wallis, president and CEO of Sojourners