SACRAMENTO, Calif., June 23, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (NHCLC), the world's largest Hispanic Christian organization, which serves as a representative voice for the more than 100 million Hispanic Evangelicals assembled in over 40,000 U.S. churches and hundreds of thousands of additional congregations spread worldwide throughout the Spanish-speaking diaspora, made the following statement today regarding the Supreme Court of the United States of America's decision to block President Barack Obama's immigration plan:
"Today's Supreme Court decision is a reminder that members of Congress need to work swiftly to pass bipartisan, comprehensive immigration reform.
"While President Obama's executive actions would have provided temporary relief, we have always needed and continue to need a legislative solution.
"Now is the time for Speaker Paul Ryan to take the lead in advancing non-amnesty reform that will secure our borders, stop illegal immigration, facilitate a legal immigration system while integrating those currently in the shadows in a manner that reconciles the rule of law with our Judeo Christian values."
The NHCLC is the largest Hispanic Christian organization representing millions of Evangelicals and more than 40,000 U.S. churches. Seeking to reconcile evangelist Billy Graham's message of salvation with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s march of prophetic activism, the NHCLC emphasizes "7 Directives" of Life, Family, Compassionate Evangelism, Stewardship, Justice, Education and Youth. For additional information, visit http://www.nhclc.org.
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