Statement by Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, President
National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (NHCLC)
Regarding recent comments about immigrants made by 2016 presidential hopeful Donald Trump
July 10, 2015
“Donald Trump’s comments about immigrants earlier this week do not advance a pro-family, faith and freedom agenda that is so vital to passing comprehensive immigration reform.
“The vast majority of undocumented immigrants work hard, believe in God, love their families, and seek nothing less than providing a future for their children.
“While the NHCLC opposes illegal immigration and believes our borders and values must be secured, we likewise believe rhetorical hyperbole does nothing to achieve the aforementioned goal.
“The United States of America needs a President that will work with Congress in passing legislation that will deport those engaging in nefarious activities, secure the borders, and provide a guest worker program that will serve our economic needs.
“In addition we need legislation that will simultaneously provide a pathway for legalization for those hard working, non-government dependent undocumented individuals.
“For at the end of the day, the future of America and the GOP trumps Donald Trump’s ill-advised statement.”
NHCLC/CONEL is the world’s largest Hispanic Christian organization. It serves as a representative voice for the more than 100 million Hispanic Evangelicals assembled in over 40,000 U.S. churches and another 500,000 congregations spread throughout the Spanish-speaking diaspora. For additional information, visit http://www.nhclc.org.