State of the Union: Religious Groups Respond to Issues of Minimum Wage, Immigration Reform, Guantanamo Bay

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Religious groups had mixed reactions to President Obama’s State of the Union address. Some praised Obama’s call for an increase in the minimum wage. But others, including religious conservatives, argued this would hurt businesses and lead to more unemployment. Also, a broad faith-based coalition pledged to join the president in maintaining pressure on Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform. Many religious groups were pleased that Obama renewed his call on lawmakers to lift restrictions on transferring prisoners from Guantanamo Bay so the prison could be closed. Interfaith leaders held a vigil outside the Capitol and prayed for an end to the legislative stalemate that has kept Gitmo open.

  • Nita

    ” pleased that Obama renewed his call on lawmakers to lift restrictions on transferring prisoners from Guantanamo Bay so the prison could be closed.”
    Now the lawmakers must do their part, and also those in charge of prisons. People were so afraid of these terrorists that have not wanted them in their prisons, perhaps they will cause problems for those living in the area. There are few really fanatical hardline terrorist—if even any. Obama has done his part to close Gitmo. Now others must support what is needed for the final step.