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Noorani, Immigration Leaders Meet with President Obama

March 14, 2014

Amid Deportation Review, Long-term Answers Are in Congress’s Hands

WASHINGTON, D.C. — This afternoon, President Obama met with immigration leaders concerned about our nation’s broken immigration system. The gathering comes on the heels of Catholic and evangelical leaders’ meetings with key Republican House offices on Wednesday and amid local faith, law enforcement and business leaders’ continuing appeals for Congress to move forward.

This week’s events underscore that national leaders and local constituents will not let up on their members of Congress, but instead will keep up the push for commonsense reform this year.

“At today's meeting with the President I reaffirmed the Hispanic evangelical commitment to call for an immigration reform vote in the House this year,” said Rev. Gabriel Salguero, President of the National Latino Evangelical Coalition, who participated in both the evangelical-Catholic meetings and today’s meeting with the president. “While we affirm an administrative review of deportation policies the reality is that we need a vote to fix a broken system that is hurting families. Evangelicals, business, and law enforcement want a vote this year.”

“Our current immigration system destabilizes our nation’s families, communities and economy,” added Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum, who was also in today’s White House meeting. “The president’s request for a review recognizes that. But the long-term answer must come from the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue. Only Congress can pass broad immigration reform that emphasizes our security and ensures economic, family and community stability.

“The ultimate responsibility for the laws and resources that lead to deportation lies with Congress. They must act. This year.”

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