Faith and Law Enforcement Leaders Hail Momentum for Immigration Reform

Press Release, January 29, 2013

LAS VEGAS — Prospects for broad, commonsense immigration reform in 2013 have improved with the attention of the nation’s political leaders Monday and today. On Monday, a bipartisan group of senators released a framework for broad immigration reform that includes a conditional path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants. This afternoon, President Obama laid out similar proposals to guide a new immigration process and reiterated his emphasis on a roadmap to earned citizenship over time.

Faith, law enforcement and advocacy leaders who attended the president’s speech are applauding the momentum for a better immigration process at the highest levels of government. Having forged a new consensus on immigrants and America, they will keep the pressure on for broad reform from Congress this year.

Ali Noorani, Executive Director, National Immigration Forum:
“The president has affirmed and built the momentum for immigration reform that bipartisan leaders in the Senate rallied behind on Monday. We are pleased that political leaders in both parties are finally hearing the calls of Americans across the political spectrum who want a better immigration process now, for the good of our families, our communities and our economy.”

Mark Shurtleff, Member of the Board of Directors of the National Immigration Forum and Republican Former Attorney General of Utah:
“Today President Obama laid out his vision for broad immigration reform. It was an honor to be there with him to share this historic moment and tell him that those who hold a Bible, wear a badge or own a business stand ready to encourage Democrats and Republicans in Congress to pass commonsense immigration reform.”

Dr. Warren Stewart, Senior Pastor at First Institutional Baptist Church in Phoenix and Board Chair of the National Immigration Forum:
“This is an awesome day for justice. The leader of the free world is leading the charge to free millions of our brothers and sisters in America with commonsense immigration reform which offers a roadmap to citizenship. Thank God, delay is not denial for our nation’s immigrants.”

Ian Danley, Youth Program Director, Neighborhood Ministries, Phoenix
“Today was an encouraging day for those of us in Arizona who live with the consequences of a broken immigration system every day. To see our president and members of Congress call for commonsense immigration reform in the same week, reform that creates a roadmap to citizenship for 11 million aspiring Americans, fills us with hope.”



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