Immigration Reform News 2014: Top Faith Leaders Meet with President Obama and Urge Immigration Reform This Year

By Evangelical Immigration Table On April 16, 2014

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President Obama (C) meets with, clockwise from the left, Luis Cortes, Noel Castellanos, JoAnne Lyon, Russell Moore, Suzii Paynter, and Dieter Uchtdorf, in the Oval Office of the White House April 15, 2014 in Washington, DC.

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In the midst of a sustained push for immigration reform, a group of faith leaders from multiple denominations, including evangelicals and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, met with President Obama this morning (April 15, 2014 ) to discuss the tragic human cost our current immigration system has on our nation's families and communities.

With Congress home for the Easter recess, evangelical and faith communities nationwide are joining forces with businesses and law enforcement to hold dozens of pastors' events in key districts. Following the recess, over 100 pastors will travel to Washington, D.C. to meet with members of the House of Representatives to urge immigration reform.

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The following are quotes from participants in today's meeting with the President:


Noel Castellanos
CEO, Christian Community Development Association, Chicago:

"Today's meeting with the President was a significant opportunity to meet during Holy Week and share the need to end the suffering of 11 million men, women and children who are caught in our nation's broken immigration system. We discussed the urgency for House members to take action before the August recess for the sake of immigrant families and our nation. Let us continue to pray and impress this need on our legislators to act now."


Dr. JoAnne Lyon
General Superintendent, The Wesleyan Church:

"It is with a sense of urgency that we encourage the House to pass immigration reform in the next few months. Not only are families continuing to be disrupted but this is also about maintaining the rule of law in the United States which is a fundamental foundation of our society."

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Religious leaders present at the meeting:

  • Dr. Russell Moore, Southern Baptist Convention, Nashville, TN
  • JoAnne Lyon, General Superintendent, The Wesleyan Church
  • Dr. Noel Castellanos, CEO, CCDA, Chicago, IL
  • Suzii Paynter, Executive Coordinator, Cooperative Baptist Fellowship (Atlanta, GA)
  • Dieter Uchtdorf, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Salt Lake City
  • Pastor Kirbyjon Caldwell, Windsor Village United Methodist Church, Houston, TX
  • Rev Geoffrey Black, General Minister and President, United Church of Christ, Cleveland, OH
  • Luis Cortes, President, Esperanza
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