July 22, 2013
The leader of a national Latino evangelical organization says non-Latino faith leaders must make a greater effort to push for comprehensive immigration reform.
In a written public appeal to evangelical faith leaders, Rev. Miguel Rivera, chairman of the National Coalition of Latino Clergy & Christian Leaders (CONLAMIC), said: “Even though today we see a proactive reaction from our Anglo evangelical brethren, the truth is that there will be no comprehensive immigration reform passed in Congress, unless those most conservative members of the House of Representatives will be compelled to vote in favor of [it].”
Rivera’s call to his fellow pastors comes as the role of evangelical leaders grows more critical amid discussions in the House of Representatives over how to handle illegal immigration. The U.S. Senate passed a bipartisan immigration reform bill in late June that, among other things, tightens enforcement, provides a path to legal status for many of the nation’s 11 million undocumented immigrants, and expands visas for foreign workers.