Friday, April 29, 2011

Latino Pastor Decries Obama's Inaction

Yesterday, Kevin Johnson reported that President Obama would be meeting with a group of Latinos that included Eva Longoria to discuss immigration reform. Here is a report of the meeting from the Christian Post:

Though President Barack Obama reached out to a number of Hispanic celebrities to discuss the broken immigration system on Thursday, one prominent Latino pastor is not happy with the actions, or lack thereof, that he’s been seeing over the last two years.

President Obama stated at the beginning of his presidential campaign that the immigration issue would be resolved with laws that would be just for all, Dr. Alberto Delgado, senior pastor of Alpha & Omega Church in Miami, Fla., pointed out to The Christian Post.

“But up to this point, he has not passed or pushed any laws through,” he lamented.

In an attempt to reassure Hispanic voters, Obama invited to the White House a dozen influential Hispanics, including actresses Eva Longoria, Rosario Dawson and America Ferrera, Telemundo anchor Jose Diaz-Balart, and Eddie “Piolin” Sotelo, among others.

According to a White House statement, during the meeting, Obama reiterated his commitment to comprehensive immigration reform both strengthens security at our borders while restoring accountability to the broken immigration system. He also expressed his “deep disappointment” that Congressional action on immigration reform has stalled and that the DREAM (Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors) Act failed to pass in the U.S. Senate in December.

The DREAM Act would allow undocumented immigrants under the age of 30 who were brought to the country before they were 16 and have been living in the U.S. continuously for five years to be eligible for conditional non-immigrant status.

Obama made clear during the meeting that legislative action in Congress is the only way to fix the immigration system.

Diaz-Balart said Thursday's meeting was encouraging because the Hispanic community had not heard from Obama since he pledged to push for immigration reform during his presidential run.

Earlier this month, Obama met with leaders from the law enforcement, faith and business sectors to rally more support in the immigration debate.

Pastor Delgado emphasized that there is urgency for the immigration issue to be resolved. He highlighted that the division of families taking place across the country is “painful and immoral,” and said it is happening “especially with Hispanics.”

“The ones that are being persecuted are the Hispanics,” Delgado asserted, “although they say the laws are against undocumented immigrants.” Read more...


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