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Faith, Law Enforcement, Business Leaders Build On Momentum for Immigration Reform

Press Release, January 30, 2013

To listen to a recording of today’s press conference, please visit: http://tinyurl.com/consensus0130

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Following Monday’s announcement of a framework for immigration reform by a bipartisan group of senators and President Obama’s speech in Las Vegas yesterday, leaders from the faith, law enforcement and business communities discussed the bipartisan consensus emerging in Washington and the increasing momentum for reform.

“I’m hopeful that for the first time, there does seem to be a growing consensus, politically, to do something about immigration reform. From a law enforcement perspective, I would say it’s long overdue,” said Bill Bratton, former New York City Police Commissioner and Los Angeles Police Chief. “Police have clearly shown over the last 20 years that when working in partnership with their communities — all communities — they can have a significant impact on improving public safety.”

“Evangelical leaders are calling on every Christian in America to listen to the biblical testimony on immigration,” said Galen Carey, Vice President of Government Relations for the National Association of Evangelicals. “Immigrants are part of our congregations and our communities. Immigrants are not them, immigrants are us …  that’s why the Evangelical Immigration Table launched the “I Was a Stranger” challenge, inviting pastors, congregants, and members of Congress to read a short biblical passage daily for 40 days that speaks to God’s love for immigrants and informs our views on immigrants and immigration reform.” He added, “For immigrants who have long been contributing to our communities, reform should include a path to earned citizenship.” 

“A year ago, during the primary elections, the Republican Party — and I am a proud conservative — was doing a really bad job on the immigration issue. But we are now finally seeing many people in our party open to immigration solutions vs. immigration rhetoric. These are exciting times,” said Brad Bailey, Founder and CEO of the Texas Immigration Solution. “We must attract the hardest-working individuals and entrepreneurs to our shores. As an employer, I can tell you first-hand about the importance of filling the demand for jobs, from the engineer to the restaurant worker.”

“Now that we have immigration reform principles, let’s get to work on legislation,” said Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum. “Never before has the issue of immigration reform enjoyed such a breadth and depth of support. Not only does the immigration issue have a past, present and future of bipartisan support in Congress, but passage of commonsense immigration reform is the call to action heard from those who hold a Bible, wear a badge or own a business. Congress and the president must put politics aside, put pen to paper, and get a bill up and moving.” 

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