[Statement] Rev. Samuel Rodriguez Issues Statement Reacting to President Trump’s Proposal to Provide Pathway to Citizenship for 1.8 Million Dreamers

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Rev. Dr. Samuel Rodriguez, President of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, issues the following statement:

“Just last week, standing beside House Minority Leader Pelosi at a press conference convened on behalf of Dreamers, I had the privilege of expressing my confidence, and indeed my insistence, that a permanent deal for Dreamers must get passed through Congress. Only a few days later, news of President Trump’s proposal to provide a pathway to citizenship for 1.8 million Dreamers is a complete affirmation of everything the NHCLC has worked for since the Bush Administration. It is also a fulfillment of everything this administration has promised us since President Trump’s inauguration. 

“We stand at the precipice of achieving a permanent solution for Dreamers, and both sides of the immigration debate must be willing to make a compromise to get the job done. While there are certainly aspects of this proposal either party may disagree on, there is also much they can celebrate. Let us accomplish a bold and lasting solution for childhood arrivals, and yes, let us deliver enhanced border security too. In the spirit of compromise, with so many lives and families hanging in the balance, I strongly urge Congress to not let this historic opportunity slip away, but instead embrace a compromise that history will record as a righteous victory for our nation.”

 

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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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