While speaking at the Nation’s Catholic Community conference last week, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi pleaded with religious leaders to "instruct" their followers to support immigration reform, according to Fox News.
Pelosi, who is Catholic, told the group of sisters, priests and activists that the church will play an important in shaping the future political landscape.
"The cardinals, the archbishops, the bishops that come to me … say, ‘We want you to pass immigration reform,’ and I said, I want you to speak about it from the pulpit," Pelosi told the audience.
"Some [who] oppose immigration reform are sitting in those pews, and you have to tell them that this is a manifestation of our living the gospels," she added.
Meanwhile, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer denied Senator Chuck Schumer’s (D-N.Y.) request last week that she delay the implementation of the state’s new immigration law. Just a day earlier, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration, Border Security and Refugees asked the governor to hold off on enforcing the law for one year so Congress could work on developing a federal immigration proposal.