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NHCLC Applauds Senators' Principles And Obama's Efforts To Work With Congress To Fix Broken Immigration System

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 29, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Rev. Samuel Rodriguez attended President Obama's press conference on immigration today in Las Vegas, Nev. Yesterday eight bipartisan Senators (influential Democrats including Dick Durban, Sen. Chuck Schumer, Sen. Bob Menendez  and Sen. Michael Bennet; Republican heavy-hitters including Sens. John McCain, Lindsey Graham and Sen. Marco Rubio and Jeff Flake), released principles that would seek to overhaul the legal immigration system as well as create a pathway to citizenship for the nation's roughly 11 million undocumented immigrants.

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The immigration issue has vexed the United States for a long time. Many difficult and complex choices will have to be made as the government decides how to proceed on this issue. Legislators and their constituents will certainly weigh in with many different points of view.

Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, President of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference and a Principle of the Evangelical Immigration Table, said, "I was present as President Obama laid out a comprehensive solution to America's immigration crisis. His presentation serves as a reconciliatory prescription to a nation torn apart by this debate. I commend him for his courage and call upon all the followers of Christ to pray for our President and Congress as together we marry conviction with compassion. The NHCLC commends and applauds the principals proposed by United States Senators and President Obama's framework, which is committed to finding a solution to the immigration crisis. Additionally, as a member of the Evangelical Immigration Table, the NHCLC stands committed to an outcome that reconciles conviction with compassion, security with integration, all while recognizing the image of God in citizen and immigrant alike. Accordingly, while we continue to engage in prophetic activism, we also continue in our 'I Was a Stranger' prayer challenge <>. For we understand that prayer and activism result in one thing: justice in the name of Jesus!"

Robert Gittelson, President, Conservatives for Comprehensive Immigration Reform and NHCLC Senior Advisor on Immigration, said, "It is encouraging that the bipartisan set of principles released by this important and influential group of Senators is very much in line with the principles that we have long been advocating for them to advance. Their outline is balanced and just. While we acknowledge that the 'devil is in the details,' we are optimistic that these reasonable principles will serve as a fair and broad outline that should hopefully lead to solutions that will once and for all solve the very intractable problems inherent in our broken and antiquated immigration system."

"For us," Gittelson continued, "the bottom line is that we must advance legislation that respects the dignity of every human being, as they were made in God's image, and we are called to love and respect them. This set of principles respects the rule of law, but importantly it represents a huge step forward toward this worthy, moral, and attainable goal."

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