Bishop Elizondo attends White House immigration discussion

Seattle’s auxiliary bishop has concerns about current policy

Archdiocese of Seattle Auxiliary Bishop Eusebio Elizondo joined other faith leaders, President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and senior White House officials for an immigration reform meeting in the Oval Office on Nov. 13.

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden hold a meeting on immigration with faith leaders in the Oval Office
President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden hold a meeting on immigration with faith leaders in the Oval Office, Nov. 13, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)


Bishop Elizondo, who is the chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Migration, and the other faith leaders there expressed concern that current U.S. immigration policy hurts members of their congregations, according to a White House press release. The president and officials said they are committed to seeing Congress pass immigration reform.

Other faith leaders in attendance were: Leith Anderson, president, National Association of Evangelicals; Joel Hunter, senior pastor, Northland Church, Orlando, Fla.; Hyepin Im, president and CEO, Korean Churches for Community Development, Los Angeles; Mike McClenahan, senior pastor, Solana Beach Presbyterian Church, Solana Beach, Calif.; Russell Moore, president, Southern Baptist Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, Nashville, Tenn.; Rev. Gabriel Salguero, president, National Latino Evangelical Coalition; and Jim Wallis, president and CEO, Sojourners.

November 20, 2013