All across America, a growing and diverse constituency of conservative, moderate and progressive leaders have come together to find common ground for practical solutions for fixing our immigration system. These leaders have worked together to forge a New Consensus on immigrants and America. They are now engaging policy makers through the Bibles, Badges, and Business Network. Click on the logo for the latest news.
January 17: Press Conference with U.S Chamber, Law Enforcement and Faith Leaders Calling on Congress to Act on Bipartisan Immigration Strategy
The video can be viewed on http://www.c-span.org/.
Days before the inauguration and just as the 113th Congress is settling into place, the CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and a former Secretary of Commerce under President George W. Bush joined law enforcement and faith leaders at a press conference on January 17 to urge Congress to work together and pass broad immigration reform in 2013. With Democrats and Republicans recognizing the moral, economic and political imperative to improve our immigration process, the new Congress marks the best opportunity for broad immigration reform in nearly a decade.
There is a new consensus on immigrants and America that has emerged in the past 18 months as Americans across the political spectrum have come together to seek a new, commonsense immigration process. Speakers delivering that message at the press conference included Thomas J. Donohue, President and CEO, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Carlos Gutierrez, Vice Chairman, Citigroup; former U.S. Secretary of Commerce under President George W. Bush, Attorney General Gregory F. Zoeller (R), State of Indiana, Barrett Duke, Vice President for Public Policy and Research, Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, Ambassador (Ret) Johnny Young, Executive Director, Migration and Refugee Services, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, and Ali Noorani, Executive Director, National Immigration Forum.
Click on the image below to view the video on the Web site of C-SPAN, which covered the event live..
December 4th and 5th, 2012 - National Strategy Session
Faith, law enforcement and business leaders gathered in Washington D.C. on December 4th and 5th to tell the administration and the Congress that there is a new consensus on immigrants and America, and that common-sense immigration reform should be a priority for 2013. This gathering was the culmination of successful regional summits in the Mountain West, Southeast and Midwest at which nearly 450 business, faith and law-enforcement leaders built new relationships, discussed state policies and urged pragmatic solutions at the federal level.
The new consensus was highlighted in a brief report released on December 4: Voices of the New Consensus: Bibles, Badges and Business. This report communicates the concerns of these conservative constituencies about the need for immigration reform.
The gathering was kicked off by a press conference, in which leaders from across the political spectrum called on Congress and the president to address immigration reform and create a road to citizenship for aspiring Americans who contribute to our communities and our economy. View the video of the press conference below.
Still photos from the press conference can be viewed below Photos should be credited to Jack Gordon If you work for the media and would like a higher resolution photo, please contact Dan Gordon at firstname.lastname@example.org
National Strategy Session
Following the press conference, there was a strategy meeting featuring panels of leaders from the Midwest, South, and Mountain West talked about the importance of immigrants and immigration to their communities. The strategy meeting featured an interview with Steve Case, Chairman and CEO of Revolution, and Co-Founder of America Online.
You can find a list of panelists and other speakers at the national strategy session in this document.
Photos from the meeting can be viewed below. Photos should be credited to Jack Gordon If you work for the media and would like a higher resolution photo, please contact Dan Gordon at email@example.com
The proceedings of the day were recorded. You can view the video recording of the panels and speakers below:
Forging a New Consensus National Strategy Session (Introduction)
Forging a New Consensus National Strategy Session. Steve Case, Chairman and CEO, Revolution; Co-Founder, America Online; Chairman, The Case Foundation interviewed by Ronald Brownstein, Editorial Director, National Journal Group.
Forging a New Consensus, National Strategy Session, Midwestern Leaders Panel Discussion
Moderator: Charles H. Kuck, Managing Partner, Kuck Immigration Partners, LLC Panelists:
Mark C. Curran, Jr., Sheriff, Lake County, Ill., Angela Smith Jones, Director of Public Policy, Greater Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce, Matthew Soerens, US Church Training Specialist, World Relief.
Forging a New Consensus National Strategy Session, Southern Leaders Panel Discussion.
Moderator: Stephan Bauman, President and CEO, World Relief. Panel: Paul Bridges, Mayor, Uvalda, GA; Jeb Bush, Jr., Chief Operating Officer, Jeb Bush & Associates, LLC; Dr. David Fleming, Senior Pastor, Champion Forest Baptist Church, Houston; Bert Lemkes, Owner, Van Wingerden International.
Forging a New Consensus, National Strategy Session. Mountain West Leaders Panel Discussion.
Moderator: Natalie Gochnour, Executive Vice President of Policy and Communication and Chief Economist, Salt Lake Chamber. Panelists: Chris Burbank, Chief of Police, Salt Lake City; Kenneth McClure, Counsel, Idaho Business Coalition for Immigration Reform; Paul Mero, President, Sutherland Institute.
Forging a New Consensus, National Strategy Session. Closing Remarks
The Honorable Mark Shurtleff, Attorney General, Utah
October 2012 - Midwest Summit
Conservative activist Grover Norquist addressed more than 80 faith, law enforcement and business leaders from Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio and Wisconsin at the Midwest Summit: Forging a New Consensus on Immigrants and America. These leaders gathered in Indianapolis, Indiana to discuss the importance of immigration to the region and how the federal government can provide commonsense immigration solutions.
You can watch a video of Mr. Norquist’s keynote address at the Summit and a video of a panel discussion with law enforcement experts by clicking here.
June 2012 – Southeast Summit
Mayor Paul Bridges of Uvalda, Georgia, Jeb Bush, Jr. and other regional leaders hosted the Southeast Summit: Forging a New Consensus on Immigrants and America in Atlanta. At this event, business, law enforcement, and faith leaders from Alabama, Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Georgia began to develop a common understanding of the value of immigrants and immigration to the Southeast and America, which will facilitate the beginning of cross-state collaboration. Former United States Attorney General Alberto Gonzales delivered the keynote address. Watch the video of his keynote address below on this page.
October 2011 – Mountain West Summit
Nearly 200 prominent figures from business, law enforcement, faith and government in the Mountain West convened on October 26, 2011 in Salt Lake City to discuss the importance of immigrants and immigration to the region’s economic and cultural vitality. Hosted by Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff, the Summit brought together key stakeholders from Colorado, Utah, Wyoming and Idaho for a rational discussion on immigrants and America. You can download the program and view videos from the Mountain West Summit here.
In order to build momentum and increase collaboration, we are excited to announce "Bibles, Badges and Business for Immigration Reform" (BBB) as a national network of faith, law enforcement and business leaders working together to educate and support members of Congress.