Obama, religious leaders seek immigration overhaul
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says religious leaders and President Barack Obama have agreed there is a moral imperative for overhauling the nation’s immigration laws and are committed to pushing Congress to act.
Eight leaders of faith-based organizations met with Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and senior White House officials Wednesday in an effort to maintain pressure on lawmakers. The Senate has passed a bipartisan bill that increases border security and provides a path to citizenship for millions of immigrants in the country illegally.
House Speaker John Boehner on Wednesday, however, said his chamber will not try to find a compromise with the Senate bill.
The White House said the religious leaders expressed concern that the current immigration system is hurting families in their congregations.