Arizona Law Spurs Conservatives to Push for Immigration Reform

Via New America Media, News Report, Elena Shore, Posted: Apr 30, 2010 

Conservative leaders called on Pres. Barack Obama to make the first move on immigration reform and for Republicans to reclaim the issue from the fringe.

“The only way we can make this happen is with presidential leadership, and President Obama has failed to act,” said Alfonso Aguilar, former chief of the U.S. Office of Citizenship, appointed by George W. Bush, Thursday during a teleconference of conservative leaders representing faith, business and political groups. “If President Obama were to step up and seriously address the issue, Republicans would step forward and work with him to develop a plan that works. It’s the president’s turn.”

Religious leaders in Arizona said the state’s new law is already having a devastating effect on their congregations. Since SB1070 was signed by Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer Friday, making it a crime to be undocumented, clergy say their parishioners have begun flocking to other states, and ministers who serve the poor are afraid that they could be prosecuted for aiding undocumented immigrants.

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