Photo of Obama and Biden holding hands during a meeting with religious leaders on immigration. Photo by Pete Souza, White House photographer.

Photo of President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden holding hands during a meeting with religious leaders on immigration. Photo by Pete Souza, White House photographer.

White House photographer Pete Souza posted a photo last night of President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden holding hands during a prayer at the end of a meeting on immigration.

As Speaker of the House John Boehner signaled there would be no immigration legislation by the end of the year, members of Obama’s administration met with leaders on Wednesday.

The closing prayer was led by Russell D. Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, one of the eight clergy invited to the Oval Office meeting. Moore’s prayer was extemporaneous so his spokeswoman said there is no text from the prayer available.

Those who met with the President also included the Rev. Gabriel Salguero, president of the National Latino Evangelical Coalition; the Rev. Jim Wallis of Sojourners; Leith Anderson, president of the National Association of Evangelicals; Eusebio Elizondo, auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Seattle; Joel Hunter, senior pastor of Northland Church; Hyepin Im, president and CEO of Korean Churches for Community Development, Los Angeles; and Mike McClenahan, senior pastor of Solana Beach Presbyterian Church.

More: In Oval Office, evangelicals press for immigration reform

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Sarah Pulliam Bailey

Sarah Pulliam Bailey

Sarah Pulliam Bailey joined RNS as a national correspondent in 2013. She has previously served as managing editor of Odyssey Networks and online editor for Christianity Today.

3 Comments

  1. Scary that the most powerful leader in the world believes prayer works, and their is an entity who hears them, and then acts upon them, of course only if it fits in with his plan though.
    Bat crap crazy!!!

  2. IS THE POSSESSION OF AN ITIN NUMBER “CARTE BLANCHE” FOR ILLEGAL ALIENS TO BE ACCEPTED INTO THE OBAMA HEALTH CARE SYSTEM?

    I am troubled that the GOP led by House Speaker John Boehner is going to spring upon the unsuspecting public, some disgusting array in line with Liberal left? Enacting a policy something similar to the Senate immigration Amnesty, before any of us trusting public is even aware? Clandestine negotiations might be going on right now, behind those proverbial closed doors. Both willing to compromise; the socialist Democrats so they can obtain millions of cheap votes and GOP elitists, so they can mollify the business special interests, as they are not specifically happy with ONLY the millions plus, imported into the country now, but both parties want to endorse 30 million more, while sacrificing American jobs.

    The problem with Obamacare is the illegal alien invasion, as in the fact of using Social Security numbers to establish who’s eligible? So the question is can an illegal alien applying with a ITIN number gain eligibility to what should merely be available for citizens and legal residents. But what I would like to comprehend, that when you sign up your Social Security number is collected and then added to some colossal data base. But then what about the ITIN numbers given freely by this ineffectual government to millions of illegal aliens? Has this government found an excusable way, to insert unknown numbers of foreign nationals, who shouldn’t be here in the first place? The Individual
    Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) is a tax processing number issued by the
    Internal Revenue Service. IRS issues ITINs to an individual who are obligatory to
    have a U.S. taxpayer identification number but who do not have, and are not entitled to
    obtain a Social Security Number (SSN) from the Social Security Administration
    (SSA).

    The ITINs are issued regardless of immigration status because both resident and nonresident aliens may have a U.S. filing or reporting requirements. As I see it the only winner in Obama health care are Deadbeats and spongers. These are the individuals who call work “A dirty word” who have lived of the taxpayers, most of their lives and drawn
    public assistance and are a stain the benefit system. Only the truly disabled,
    sick, veteran warriors and single mothers with children, the impoverished should
    have access. Hardly any restriction on Food stamps by this administration, gives even the wealthy admission. This President devastating repercussions are beginning to hit home.
    Individuals are losing the plans they like and hundreds of thousands are being
    cancelled. Our elderly are losing their doctors. Doctors are refusing to
    participate. Medications are being denied. Referrals are being denied. People
    are at risk of severe penalties because can’t sign up on the website—as it does
    not work. Obama and his administration unashamedly lied to and mislead Americans
    purely in an effort to gain power and control. We’ve had enough of their
    tyranny! Get your message to Congress now. Find out more details of the
    corruption in the highest political power brokers in Washington and every one of the 50 states at Judicial Watch or illegal immigration at Numbersusa and the TEA PARTY.

    There is a critical, but easy approach to cut the job marketplace from the thousands of illegal aliens arriving here daily: A demand for—ALL THE PEOPLE—ALL THIS NATION—(Lawful Residence possess a green card) a bio-metric Social Security ID card, that will slice the illegal foreign workers arriving here to a dribble; stopping election fraud by non-citizens and halt criminals stealing credit, welfare and other citizen safety-net. This programmed identification card that you would slide through a machine, just the same way you slide a charge card through the component, would deny illegal alien parents from appropriating billions of dollars annually in child credits. The government is careless in the fact, millions of taxpayer dollars go overseas to hundreds of thousands of non-existent progeny of illegal parents.

    Your photo, your fingerprint and even an eyeball scan would make a distinction from anybody else. The possessed fools in Congress of both political parties (not the TEA PARTY) are willing to keep spending trillions of dollars, but shy away from this federal issued ID card for a meager $2 Billion that the legislators say would cover every U.S.
    citizen. A card more powerful than E-Verify or means of enforcement internally
    or at the borders; a national ID card that Americans need urgently. I only hope
    some Patriotic American begins a petition, to Command the legislators in Washington
    to get a biometric ID policy in the Federal law books. DO AMERICANS HAVE TO BE SURREPTITIOUSLY AND UNSUSPECTINGLY FORCED INTO FINANCIALLY CARRYING ILLEGAL ALIENS ALREADY SQUATTING HERE OR THE 30 PLUS MILLIONS WAITING TO MIGRATE? IMMIGRATE UNDER THE AMNESTY SENATE LEGISLATION?

    No Copyright/ Pass along to every taxpayer.

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