Numerous members of President Trump’s evangelical advisory council joined House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Thursday in support of the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
“You have always taken the lead. Your commitment to the immigrant community to the dreams is second to none. So America is in a better place because of your prophetic leadership on this matter,” the Rev. Samuel Rodriguez told Pelosi at a press conference on Thursday.
Rodriguez, who spoke at Trump’s inauguration last year, said it was time to put politics aside on protections for Dreamers.
“We can’t continue to play politics with 800,000 human beings created in the image of God. It is morally reprehensible,” Rodriguez said.
“If we have to build a wall in order to secure and save 800,000 lives, let’s make that happen as expeditiously as possible. Let’s cross the proverbial [River] Jordan of saving our DACA young men and women. Let’s do it now,” he continued.
The Hill added:
The show of unity between the evangelical leaders and Pelosi is notable due to Trump’s support among evangelicals. Roughly 20 percent of Latinos in the U.S. identify as evangelical, according to The Washington Post, making DACA a key issue for members of the community.
Trump announced last year he would move to end the Obama-era program.
Congress is set to vote Thursday night on a government funding bill, however there is growing uncertainty about whether such a bill can pass without protections for Dreamers, and therefore leaving open the possibility of a government shutdown on Friday.