WASHINGTON, Feb. 6, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On Monday, January 28th, Reverend Cortes served as one of three panelists (along with leaders from the Southern Baptist Convention), on a conference call with Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) as he spoke to prominent faith leaders from around the country about the Senate's bipartisan immigration legislation proposal. The following day, President Obama gave his speech in Las Vegas concerning the same issue, and yesterday, our House Judiciary Committee held its first hearing on the matter of immigration reform. During this historic, momentous time, Reverend Luis Cortes and the leadership of Esperanza commend our President and Congress for showing a willingness to work together for the common good, and urge both sides to find a way forward in fixing our broken system.
Reverend Cortes states, "I am encouraged by the energy and momentum that is growing around this issue, and by how quickly a group of Senators representing both sides of the aisle could come together and find common ground. I believe that the vast majority of people in this great nation understand the urgency of resolving this human rights issue for the sake of our families, our economy, and our security. Evangelical leadership has coalesced in an unprecedented way over the past year or two, to stand up for the biblical principles and Christian values that our immigration system should reflect. I want to thank Chairman Goodlatte for holding hearings, and it is my hope that our House of Representatives will continue to advance the progress that we are making, so that we may all arrive at a workable solution and put this problem behind us."
Esperanza has been on the forefront of immigration reform advocacy for over a decade. For the past two years, Esperanza has been a participant in the Evangelical Immigration Table, convened by the National Immigration Forum for the purpose of creating broad-based support for a just and compassionate immigration reform platform. Esperanza will host its 10th annual National Hispanic Prayer Breakfast and Conference on June 18-20 in Washington, D.C., to continue advocating for this important issue.
Esperanza, the premiere Hispanic Evangelical faith-based network in the country, was founded in 1987 by the Reverend Luis Cortes Jr. and the Hispanic Clergy of Philadelphia and Vicinity. With a national network of over 13,000 Hispanic clergy and congregations and 500 faith and community based agencies, Esperanza is a leading voice for Hispanics in America.