House of Deputies of The Episcopal Church

Church World Service Immigration Summit

peloisi_for_webOn October 8, President Jennings, Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, Bishop Johncy Itty, Peter Persell of theEpiscopal Diocese of Washington;and 20 other ecumenical leaders met with Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and six other members of Congress about immigration reform. The meeting was part of the Church World Service Summit on Immigration Reform.

“Leader Pelosi told us that the faith community is critical in the struggle for just immigration reform. She emphasized that the immigration reform bill currently before the House of Representatives (H.R. 15) is bipartisan and has the votes to pass. It simply needs to be brought to the floor for a vote,” said Jennings.

Since the meeting, Republicans Rep. Jeff Denham (R-Calif.)and Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.), an Episcopalian, have signed on to H.R. 15, making it a bipartisan initiative.

Read more about the Church World Service Immigration Summit and the Episcopal Church’s work for immigration reform in Episcopal News Service.