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Obama immigration speech backgrounder: Willow Creek's Bill Hybels introduces Obama

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THE WHITE HOUSE

Office of the Press Secretary

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 1, 2010

BACKGROUND ON THE PRESIDENT'S EVENT TODAY AT AMERICAN UNIVERSITY

REMARKS ON COMPREHENSIVE IMMIGRATION REFORM

The President will deliver remarks on the need to fix our broken immigration system through comprehensive immigration reform at the American University School of International Service.

The audience of approximately 250 people will be composed of evangelical, business, labor, and community leaders, as well as law enforcement and elected officials (representative list below).

STAGE PARTICIPANTS

Dr. Cornelius Kerwin will welcome attendees.

Dr. Cornelius Kerwin became American University's 14th president in September 2007.

Bishop John Schol will deliver the Invocation.

John Schol is Bishop of the Baltimore - Washington Conference of the United Methodist Church.

Nate Bronstein will lead the Pledge of Allegiance.

Nate Bronstein, junior and Ardmore, Pennsylvania native, is president of American University's (undergraduate) Student Government.

Vishal Vaidya will sing the National Anthem.

Vishal Vaidya, a Burtonsville, Maryland native, received a BA from American University in May 2009, where he majored in Music Theater and International Studies.

Pastor Bill Hybels will introduce the President.

Bill Hybels is the senior pastor of the 12,000-plus member Willow Creek Community Church located in Northwest-suburban Chicago, Illinois.

Expected Attendees

Secretary Hilda Solis

Representative Jeff Flake, R-AZ

Representative Luis Gutierrez, D-IL

Representative Pedro Pierluisi, D-PR

Representative Loretta Sanchez, D-CA

Representative Nydia Velazquez, D-NY

Mayor Michael Bloomberg, New York, NY

Mayor Michael Nutter, Philadelphia, PA

Rev. Leith Anderson, President, National Association of Evangelicals

Chief Chris Burbank, Salt Lake City Chief of Police

María Elena Durazo, Executive Secretary-Treasurer, Los Angeles County Federation of Labor

Carlos Gutierrez, former Secretary of Commerce

Chief Jack Harris, Phoenix Police Chief of Police

Juan Hernandez, Co-Founder, Conservatives for CIR

Assistant Chief Wayne Jerman, Montgomery County Assistant Chief of Police

Dr. Richard Land, President, Southern Baptist Convention Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission

Doris Meissner, Senior Fellow, Migration Policy Institute

Janet Murguía, President and CEO, National Council of La Raza

Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, President, National Hispanic Christian Leadership Council

Rev. Al Sharpton, Founder, National Action Network

Richard Trumka, President, AFL-CIO

Mort Zuckerman, CEO, U.S. News & World Report

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3 Comments

Great Speach and hopes for immigration reform.
Anybody has the prayer by Bill Hybels? It was very moving.

Thanks

The comments and, I believe, the prayer that Bill Hybels shared should be posted on the church's website www.willowcreek.org in the near future.

If Laraza and Sharpton were present then it was most likely a topic without benefit to taxpaying, law-abiding Americans.

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