WASHINGTON – On the ultimate day of the National Hispanic Prayer Breakfast, political leaders from each side of the ailse addressed 500 evangelical Latino religion leaders about what’s being performed on Capitol Hill to handle main points dealing with the nation right now, significantly immigration.
Thursday’s audio system included Vice President Mike Pence, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI), and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) amongst others.
Pence, who served as this 12 months’s keynote speaker, first thanked the religion leaders for his or her tireless efforts to unfold the Gospel worldwide.
He then dived proper into the sensitive matter of immigration reform, acknowledging it as a vital difficulty dealing with the nation as a complete, and the Hispanic neighborhood particularly.
“The truth is, illegal immigration hurts communities on both sides of our border, too often financing dangerous cartels and drug dealers that profit from human suffering,” he mentioned, assuring the viewers that a bipartisan resolution was within the works.
“The plan that our president put on the table would secure our borders, address immigration loopholes, and provide a responsible solution for those who were brought to this country through no fault of their own,” Pence mentioned.
Meanwhile, Speaker Ryan mentioned he’ll carry two payments addressing a resolution for the Dreamers to the House ground subsequent week. One invoice is a extra conservative immigration invoice launched by Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA). The different invoice that’s nonetheless being finalized is claimed to be a extra average compromise invoice.
“In the House, we have brought together lawmakers from across the spectrum, moderates and conservatives, to find a path forward,” he informed the gathering of religion leaders Thursday. “As a result, we will have a debate and votes on the House floor next week.”
“My goal has always been a lasting solution, to address our security challenges, and to address the DACA program so we don’t have another problem five, 10 years down the line,” he continued. “Next week’s votes are an important step, and I want to thank you for your leadership. Your voice plays a critical role in this discussion.”
Another massive difficulty the pastors are advocating for is an finish to the brand new coverage of separating households at the border – a follow Pelosi panned as being “barbaric.”
“To the barbaric and unacceptable policy of ripping children from the arms of their parents at the border… barbaric. That’s not American. It’s not faith-based,” Pelosi informed these gathered at the breakfast.
Despite the customarily contentious backwards and forwards between the 2 sides, Rev. Luis Cortes, host of the National Hispanic Prayer Breakfast and Conference (NHPBC) and president and founding father of the Hispanic faith-based group Esperanza, welcomed the bipartisan enter.
“We are blessed that we have both sides of the aisle,” Rev.Cortes informed CBN News. “As people of faith, our job is to talk to power and to leadership and to say to them Jesus believes this.”
Cortes has labored with each administration since President Bill Clinton’s on immigration reform. He says whereas they have not been in a position to get something throughout the end line but, he hopes that at least a everlasting repair for recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, is on the horizon.
“The Israelites were 40 years in the desert, and this is our desert. So we will continue and push forward and push forward,” mentioned Cortes. “We know that one day there are going to be hundreds of thousands of Christian people hitting their knees and thanking God because the miracle has happened – you know what the miracle is? That we actually got a bipartisan bill passed in the United States of America.”