March 8, 2013, 5:30 PM PDT — Bishop Minerva Carcaño and other faith leaders met privately with President Obama today at the White House to discuss immigration reform.
“We started off the meeting praying for the president and for immigrants, and when we were finished, he (Obama) asked us if there would be another prayer. We offered up another prayer seeking wisdom for both the president and members of Congress,” Bishop Minerva Carcaño told the press. The bishop attended the meeting with fourteen others, including Jim Wallis of Sojourners, Archbishop José Horacio Gomez of the Los Angeles Archdiocese, and Mark Hetfield, President and CEO, Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society.
“During the meeting, the president emphasized that comprehensive immigration reform was a high priority for him, and he asked us as faith leaders to continue to push for it,” she also told United Methodist News Service.
“It was so wonderful to hear him say this was high priority for him and that he believes this is the season for immigration reform,” she said.
For extended coverage of today’s meeting from national and religious news outlets, please see the following links (they will open in your browser):
- Methodist Bishop Minerva Carcaño on front lines of immigration battle (Washington Post)
- Methodist Bishop Minerva Carcaño on front lines of immigration battle (Religious News Service – includes links to other, older resources)
- Obama asks prayers for immigration reform (Global Post)
- President Invites bishop to immigration meeting (United Methodist News Service)
- Readout of the president’s meeting on commonsense immigration reform (White House press release)