Latino Evangelical Leaders Optimistic Congress Will Pass Immigration Reform Legislation In 2017


Latino evangelical leaders are looking forward to the possibility that after years of raising awareness and lobbying Congress, lawmakers could pass immigration reform legislation next year.

National Hispanic Christian leader Rev. Samuel Rodriguez says he’s very optimistic about passing reform measures in 2017.

“I believe this is the year — 2017,” he told CBN News.

Rodriguez said he’s encouraged by a softening in President-elect Donald Trump’s language on immigration since the election. Specifically, Rodriguez said Trump’s comments in a recent Time magazine interview about “Dreamers” — immigrants whose parents brought them to the U.S. without documentation — were important.

“Donald Trump, being a parent, knows very well that we should not be punishing these innocent kids,” Rodriguez said. “They had nothing to do with coming to this country without documentation. Their parents brought them here.”

Rodriguez noted that Trump will have the ability to work with a Republican-controlled Congress and said he thought that House Speaker Paul Ryan “is very inclined” towards making immigration reform a priority.

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Heather Sells