Pastor Vince in Washington–Day 1

Pastor Vince in WashingtonOn october 27th I had the privilege to lobby Washington as an invited guest of “Americans for Reform” who was seeking to include hispanic pastors on their national platform. I have never been to Capitol Hill to lobby on anything before and this was a great opportunity. The goal was to get the House of Representatives to move to vote on immigration reform. Most pundits are saying that the bill is “dead in the house” but our efforts may work to move it to vote.

 

I was pleasantly surprised to find that the group is very multicultural, multiethnic, and also secular and sacred (if you will). I had believed that Republicans were very anti-immigration however the group I was with was majority Republican. “Americans for Reform” are composed of businessmen, educators, pastors, lawyers, medical professionals and many people from various backgrounds. This was far from a Hispanic take over of Washington,, in fact I saw few Hispanics present in the meeting room of over 500 persons representing 40 states.On the bus from the airport I rode with the Vice President of the Republican Party of Utah who was preparing to go on radio for an interview. He was making calls to his aids preparing his talking points on why immigration reform should pass. I was surprised to see his zeal for this issue even though he was African American. I met a Korean Lawyer who was here, a few evangelical pastors and leaders who were Anglo and quite a few women as well.

 

It was interesting to see all of the unity in the room over trying to fix a problem with current immigration policy. I did feel a little uncomfortable as a Pastor being so closely involved in the political system, but actually this was a political process, not a party meeting which really made me feel at ease. The organizers of the event welcomed me and thanked me greatly for coming to DC to be part of this historical meeting.Tomorrow I will meet with my congressional representatives their office and I will be given a few minutes to share with them my “view from the ground” of why we need to work together to reform the immigration process. Nothing political or radical, just another american giving honest testimony on what is going on with the people I meet on the street during my day to day work as a Hispanic Pastor in North Dallas.

 

Tomorrow will be fun!