May 12th, 2011
11:45 AM ET
WASHINGTON (CNN) - “I’ve got to say, there is no more inspiring way to begin a day than by praying with fellow believers,” President Obama said Thursday morning at the National Hispanic Prayer Breakfast.
At the event with Hispanic faith leaders, the president took the opportunity to tout immigration reform, describing the it as a “moral imperative.”
Obama spoke of patriots planning the American Revolution inBoston’s Episcopal churches, and noted that the civil rights movement was born in Baptist churches across the South.
“At critical junctures throughout our history, it’s often been men and women of faith who’ve helped to move this country forward,” he observed.
And if immigration reform is to happen, Obama said he needed the help of those in the room.
“The only way we are going to get this done is by building a widespread movement for reform. That’s why I’m asking you to keep preaching and persuading your congregations and communities. That’s why I’m asking you to keep on activating, getting involved, mobilizing. That’s why we all need to keep praying,” he pleaded.
For his own part, Obama pledged to continue push the issue and work with Congress.
“I know there are some folks who wish I could just bypass Congress. I can’t,” he said.