Pastor of Hispanic congregation talks about President Obama’s immigration plans
It wasn’t a typical Thursday night sermon for Jaime Masso. He’s the pastor of Primera Iglesia Bautista Hispana in Mayfield. All eyes were on the President’s immigration plan and not the pulpit.
“In the past two weeks, two to three weeks, we’ve been praying more about this issue,” Masso said.
Roughly 85% of his 68 members will benefit from the new immigration rules he told Local 6. Many are undocumented workers who have spouses or kids who are U.S. citizens.
“They come here to work to offer a better life to their sons, daughters. They just want the opportunity to work,” he said.
That’s the case for Paul. We’re concealing his identity. He has a wife and daughter. He came to the U.S. illegally 13 years ago, but once the president implements his plan, there will be no threat of deportation.
Masso says Paul’s story is similar to many others at the church who left what they had behind in their home country to get a better life in the U.S. He said that should be celebrated.
“It’s a risk. I believe that most of us would take that risk if we are in the same situation,” Masso said.