Vice President Mike Pence gave a closed-door address and received a standing ovation last Thursday before a gathering of the largest Hispanic evangelical coalition in the United States.
Over 300 faith leaders gathered for the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference’s annual Justice Summit hosted at the Museum of the Bible in Washington, D.C. Capping off the event were remarks by the 59-year-old vice president.
According to a press release, Pence received a prolonged standing ovation. In his remarks, Pence reportedly declared that once the southern border is secure, the Trump Administration is going to fix “this broken immigration system.”
NHCLC has over 40,000 member congregations and is headed by California megachurch pastor Samuel Rodriguez, an evangelical born to Puerto Rican parents.
Rodriguez was one of a few religious leaders who prayed at Trump’s inauguration in January 2017. He has also attended dinners hosted by the Trump White House, including last year’s state-like dinner for evangelical leaders and their wives.
Rodriguez, however, has also voiced concern on different occasions with some of the administration’s immigration policies, including the historically low limit placed on refugee resettlement into the United States.
“We are very grateful to Vice President Pence for joining us and honoring all Hispanic Americans and Americans of faith by doing so,” Rodriguez said in a statement.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Samuel Smith