[Release] Rev. Samuel Rodriguez Commends Historic, Bipartisan Meeting on DACA, Immigration Reform

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Rev. Dr. Samuel Rodriguez, President of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, commends President Trump, and Senate and Congressional leaders of both parties for today’s historic meeting on immigration reform:

“What we saw take place on camera, for nearly an hour today, on the topic of Dreamers and immigration reform, was extraordinary. It’s also exactly how the American people have always hoped Washington could operate, through honest, bipartisan debate, coupled with a genuine willingness to make progress on the most important issues of our day.

“I commend President Trump’s handling of today’s meeting and am greatly encouraged by his stated desire to sign whatever legislation both parties agree to. We also commend congressional leaders on both sides of the aisle who have made Dreamers a top legislative priority in the weeks ahead. The NHCLC also supports the two-phase approach to immigration reform discussed at today’s meeting, ensuring Dreamers and border security are addressed before DACA’s March expiration, followed by a more comprehensive overhaul of our antiquated immigration system. 

“Today was a great day for not only the president, but for leaders of both parties who inspired our collective trust in the political process. Most importantly, today was a great day for the hundreds of thousands of Dreamers who are one step closer to a legislative solution that will secure their futures in this country. We at the NHCLC will continue to monitor the situation as it develops, holding all politicians present accountable to the promises they made to the American public.” 

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Rev. Samuel Rodriguez is president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, executive producer of The Impossible with 20th Century Fox, and bestselling author of “Be Light.” He has been named by CNN and Fox News as “the leader of the Hispanic Evangelical movement” and TIME Magazine nominated him among the 100 most influential leaders in America.

The National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference is recognized and identified by Time Magazine, New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Christianity Today, Charisma Magazine, NBC, Telemundo, Univision, Fox News, CNN, and a number of additional media outlets, publications, and periodicals as America’s largest and most influential Hispanic/Latino Christian organization with 40,118 certified member churches in the United States and chapters in Latin America. 

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