President Donald Trump met with religious leaders and lawmakers at the White House on Wednesday to discuss prison reform, and one Black pastor said that the president’s policies will have a positive effect on Black people, NBC News reports.
Trump took part in a roundtable discussion with almost two dozen inner-city pastors and faith leaders where he flaunted a low unemployment rate and said that former prisoners would be able to re-enter society because of a healthy economy.
“We have passed the First Step Act through the House and we are working to pass that into law, and I think we’ll be able to do it. When we say ‘hire American,’ we mean all Americans,” he said.
The U.S. House of Representatives passed the bipartisan prison reform bill in May that would increase job opportunities for prisoners, would force the Bureau of Prisons from using restraints on incarcerated pregnant women and offer the chance for prisoners to receive early release credits, according to Reuters.
The president was joined by pro-Trump supporting religious leaders Alveda King, Paul White-Cain and Pastor Darrell Scott, who said that Trump will be a positive force in the Black community, NBC News reports.
“This is probably the most pro-active administration regarding urban America and the faith-based community in my lifetime,” Scott said.
Scott said that President Barack Obama didn’t do anything for the Black and religious communities.
“This president actually wants to prove something to our community, our faith-based community and our ethnic community. The last president didn’t feel like he had to. He got a pass,” he said. “This is probably going to be . . . the most pro-black president I’ve seen in my lifetime.”