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Faith, Law Enforcement, Business Leaders Praise Immigration Reform Framework

Press Release, January 28, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. — This afternoon, a bipartisan group of senators released a framework for broad immigration reform that includes a conditional path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants. The Senators’ framework emerges as faith, law enforcement and business leaders who have forged a new consensus on immigrants and America continue to affirm their support for broad immigration reform in 2013.

These statements can be attributed to the following faith, law enforcement and business leaders:

Brad Bailey, Founder and CEO, Texas Immigration Solution:
“Texas businesses, across every sector, have a vital interest in immigration reform. We need improved systems to hire the workers we need today and tomorrow. Texas has a unique history with immigration and our future will be tied to finding a workable solution for all our businesses, from high tech and health care to agriculture and hospitality. Texans hope today is a beginning of the journey to that solution.”

Sheriff Mark C. Curran, Jr., Lake County, Illinois:
“I embrace the immigration reform principles that are being suggested today. The sooner we move in the direction of comprehensive immigration reform will mean the sooner we can fix our broken immigration system, and that will strengthen national security and equitably deal with the 12 million undocumented people that are already here.”

Bill Hammond, President and CEO, Texas Association of Business:
“After years of advocating for immigration reform and the benefits it would provide the Texas economy, we are truly at our best position ever for achieving it.  It will take hard work to make sure policymakers know Texans support immigration reform. Our business community and industries in Texas have a real need with respect to our workforce and future; immigrant labor, expertise, capital working side-by-side with those born here will be critical for the future of Texas and the nation.”

Randel K. Johnson, Senior Vice President for Labor, Immigration and Employee Benefits, U.S. Chamber of Commerce:
“We are very pleased with these principles — they align with much of what the Chamber has supported in the past, and we will work with all parties on a bipartisan basis to flesh out the detail and achieve passage in the Senate.”

Dr. Richard Land, President, Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention:
“Congress does not often exceed my expectations. But these principles, and this demonstration of bipartisanship by our leaders, certainly have. The senators have introduced principles for a bill that has a true chance of passing. I think they sense this is a real opportunity. Not only should we be encouraged but we should understand that this is truly what St. Paul would call a ‘kairos,’ or propitious, moment to be seized. The momentum needs to be used to pass significant and helpful immigration reform.”

Grover Norquist, President, Americans for Tax Reform:
“Immigration reform is one of the most important steps our country can take to grow America’s economy and preserve our leadership status in the world. I believe this plan is a meaningful step toward fixing our broken immigration system, and I urge Congress to consider the positive economic ramifications of a vibrant guest worker program, more high-skilled visas, and a pathway to earned legal status and citizenship for those already in the country.”

Mark Shurtleff, Member of the Board of Directors of the National Immigration Forum and former Attorney General of Utah:
“This is the moment we have been waiting for — a moment for solutions, bipartisanship and humanity from our nation’s leaders. In this time of partisan rancor, I applaud the Senate for this commonsense set of principles for immigration reform. As a former attorney general, responsible for the safety and security of my state of Utah, I believe these principles are leading us toward a safer and more prosperous America.”

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