FORGING CONSENSUS UPDATE FOR JANUARY 2013

Dear Friends,

We’re off and running.

Our opening for legislative action has arrived, and the new consensus we’ve forged together has seized the moment.

The Evangelical Immigration Table launched a national prayer challenge, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce pledged to work hand-in-hand with labor unions, and a new poll showed overwhelming support across the political spectrum to create a roadmap to citizenship.

No other political issue this month found Bill O’Reilly, SEIU, a Republican Attorney General, and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops on the same side, making immigration reform the issue with the broadest support of any facing our country.

It’s an exciting time, and if January is any indication, this is our year.

“I Was A Stranger…” Challenge
On February 14th, the Evangelical Immigration Table launched the “I Was A Stranger…” Challenge, an unprecedented effort asking evangelical Christians to read 40 days of scripture on immigration and ask their representatives in Congress to do the same. In conjunction with the Challenge, the Table released a video with some of the most influential pastors in America supporting the Challenge. This effort follows the Table’s release of principles for immigration reform last June and letters to the President and Congressional leadership in November.

Conservative Leaders Pledge Support
Last month, over 250 faith, business, and law enforcement leaders came to Washington, DC for a National Strategy Session. Following up on that event, several of the most influential conservative leaders in the country pledged at a Washington press conference this past Thursday to wield their organizational and political muscle to pressure Congress, including:
  •Tom Donohue, President, U.S. Chamber of Commerce;
  •Carlos Gutierrez, Citigroup Vice Chairman and former U.S. Secretary of Commerce;
  •Attorney General Greg Zoeller (R-Indiana);
  •Dr. Barrett Duke, Vice President for Public Policy and Research, Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention; and,
  •Ambassador (Retired) Johnny Young, Executive Director, Migration and Refugee Services, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops
Read the full collection of media hits from the press conference.

D’s, R’s Show Strong Support for Roadmap to Citizenship
This past Friday, we joined with America’s Voice and SEIU to release a poll that shows voters overwhelmingly support far-reaching changes to create a common sense immigration process. Nearly two-thirds of the respondents, including majorities of both Republicans and Democrats, believe that people without documents should have the opportunity to legalize and move toward citizenship. These encouraging results continue to build a strong case for legislative reform in 2013.

All the best,

Ali Noorani
Executive Director
National Immigration Forum

FORGING CONSENSUS UPDATE FOR DECEMBER 2012

Dear Friends,

After two years of work to forge a new consensus on immigrants and America, you have successfully changed America’s immigration debate.

This new consensus, forged through many hard conversations across America, became apparent this month when over 250 faith, law enforcement and business leaders came to Washington DC to call upon our elected leadership to move forward on immigration reform. Dozens of press accounts talked about “Bibles, badges and business” paving the way for a rational bipartisan conversation and Congressional action on immigration reform in 2013.

National Strategy Session and Advocacy Day
On December 4th, more than 250 faith, business, and law enforcement leaders converged on Washington for the National Strategy Session. Speakers including AOL co-founder Steve Case, Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff, and World Relief President and CEO Stephan Bauman showcased the impressive groundswell of support from a powerful alliance across the political spectrum.

The gathering built on two years of hard work outside Washington, including successful regional summits in the Mountain West, Southeast and Midwest. We want to thank everyone who attended the event. For those who couldn’t make it DC, you can watch the press conference, regional panels, and interview with Steve Case online

Following the National Strategy Session, leaders headed to Capitol Hill on December 5th for 78 meetings, including 57 meetings with Republican offices.

Conservative Support Grows
Beyond the National Strategy Session, it’s been encouraging to watch more and more conservative leaders, from President George W. Bush to Sean Hannity, voice support for immigration reform. We’ve compiled a list of quotes.
 
Colorado Compact
Exciting news out of the Centennial State: leaders across the political spectrum have embraced a set of principles for immigration reform. Led by Senator Michael Bennett, the Colorado Compact has garnered signatories across the political spectrum: the Republican Attorney General John Suthers, the American Jewish Committee, Colorado Catholic Conference, Colorado Farm Bureau, Former Republican Senator Hank Brown, Western Union, and the Colorado Association of Police Chiefs.

Read the compact and see the full list of signatories here. We look forward to more great work like this next year!

Early in 2013 please look for a series of opportunities to work together locally and nationally to create a 21st century immigration process.

I hope you have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

All the best,

Ali Noorani
Executive Director
National Immigration Forum

Forging Consensus Update for October 2012

Dear Friends,

As election season enters the home stretch we are 40 days from the National Strategy Session to push the next administration and congress to create a common sense immigration system. 

We’re in a good place. Together, we have worked to build new relationships between faith, law enforcement and business leaders to forge a new consensus on immigrants and America. 

After hundreds of hours of work and thousands of miles traveled over the past year, it is clear faith, law enforcement and business leaders want Congress to work together to create an immigration process that serves the interests of every American family. 

National Strategy Session: December 4 and 5
To propel our work forward, join us on December 4 and 5 in Washington DC for a National Strategy Session, which will include:

  • A national press conference of faith, law enforcement and business leadership.
  • A strategy session at the Reagan Building to discuss our plans for 2013.
  • A breakfast reception with policy makers and their staffs.
  • Meetings with members of Congress on Capitol Hill.
  • Please also join us in celebrating the Forum’s 30th year anniversary and the Keepers of the American Dream event the evening of December 5th.

 
The Strategy Session builds on successful work by key leaders across the nation:

  • Regional summits in the Midwest, Mountain West and Southeast brought together business, faith and law enforcement leaders to engage in constructive dialogue.
  • State compacts have articulated specific immigration policy principles in Indiana, Iowa and Utah, with more states to follow.
  • Evangelical leaders across the country have joined the call for bipartisan immigration reform through the Evangelical Immigration Table.

We had to leave Washington to have a constructive immigration debate. Now it is time to bring the conversation back to our nation’s capital, with a clear message: A new consensus has emerged on immigrants and immigration. 

Following the strategy session, we will carry that message into 2013 and make sure our political leaders hear our call for a national immigration strategy that serves America’s interests.

Thank you for your work,

Ali Noorani
Executive Director
National Immigration Forum

Forging Consensus Update for September 2012

Dear Friends,
     
We’re fast approaching the Midwest Summit: Forging a New Consensus on Immigrants and America and are thrilled to announce that Grover Norquist, President of Americans for Tax Reform, will be keynoting the gathering.
     
To be held on October 12th in Indianapolis at Lucas Oil Stadium, the Midwest Summit will bring together business, faith, and law enforcement officials from Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio and Wisconsin to discuss how immigration impacts the region and what common-sense solutions are needed.
     
For those who have attended our previous summits in Salt Lake City and Atlanta, please forward this to your contacts in the Midwest so they can participate in this important discussion. 
     
Also, please save December 4th and 5th on your calendars for a National Summit and Strategy Session in Washington DC. This event will be the culmination of your efforts to forge a new consensus on immigrants and America, and provide an opportunity to send a clear message to whoever wins on November 6th that immigration reform must be at the top of the 2013 legislative agenda. Details will be announced soon. 
     
We are grateful for everyone’s continued work advocating for the value of immigrants to America. 
     
Grover Norquist to keynote Midwest Summit
I’m excited to announce that our keynote speaker in Indianapolis will be Grover Norquist, the president of Americans for Tax Reform. In addition to leading the charge on a range of conservative issues, Grover has long been an outspoken advocate for the value of immigrants to America.
     
Business, faith, and law enforcement panels take shape
The Midwest Summit will feature four panels, including the following speakers among others:

     
  • The Bottom Line: Business and Immigration, featuring Jim Partington, Executive Director of the Nebraska Restaurant Association
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  • Economic and Workforce Development, featuring representation from Global Detroit
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  • Faith and Culture in the Midwest, featuring Leith Anderson, President of the National Association of Evangelicals 
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  • Smart Law Enforcement in the Midwest, featuring Greg Zoeller, Attorney General of Indiana
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Christianity Today goes in-depth on immigration
Immigration issues took over not just the cover but much of the latest issue of Christianity Today. The prominent magazine, with a circulation of about 130,000 people and a website with 1.4 million unique visitors per month, featured several stories on the Christian response to immigration and immigrants:

     
All the Best,
Ali Noorani
Executive Director 
National Immigration Forum

Forging Consensus Update for August 2012

Dear Friends,

We’re excited to announce Oct. 12 as the date for our next major event, the Midwest Summit: Forging a New Consensus on Immigrants and America. Also, August has been a busy month, with the launch of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, and start of the Republican National Convention.

Thank you all for your continued work in forging a new consensus on immigration, and we look forward to seeing you at the summit in Indianapolis.

Announcing the Midwest Summit
The Midwest Summit will bring together faith, business and law enforcement leaders from Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio and Wisconsin for a one-day gathering Oct. 12 in Indianapolis to discuss what immigration means to the region and how the federal government can provide commonsense immigration solutions.

The summit builds off the success of the Mountain West Summit, held in Salt Lake City in October 2011, and the Southeast Summit, held in Atlanta in June 2012. Leaders such as Wesleyan Church Superintendent Dr. Jo Anne Lyon, National Association of Evangelicals President Leith Anderson, and several prominent business leaders such as Michael Fernandez of Cargill will serve as hosts, and speakers will include Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller and Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff.

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals
The Department of Homeland Security began accepting applications for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), an initiative that will temporarily remove the threat of deportation for certain young people who were brought to the United States as children, allowing them to apply for a work permit and Social Security number.

Two evangelical leaders penned op-eds highlighting individuals they know who will benefit from DACA, while renewing calls for a commonsense immigration process. “Faith has motivated many to fight for changes in the system, and faith has inspired Eduardo,” the Christian Community Development Association’s Noel Castellanos wrote in the Washington Post. World Relief’s Matthew Soerens wrote in the Christian Post about Alberto, who is “grateful for this change, as are many youth pastors, teachers, and members of local churches who have supported young people like him.”

Meanwhile, Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff wrote a piece for Utah Policy in support of deferred action. “While the timing might be suspect, certainly the effect of the action will positively change the lives of hundreds of thousands of promising young people,” Shurtleff wrote, while highlighting DREAM students’ work ethic and the economic benefits of deferred action. I welcomed deferred action’s implementation in op-eds for FOX News Latino and CNN.

Convention Season
As Republicans gathered in Tampa this week and Democrats prepare to convene in Charlotte next week, I also wrote a letter to both presidential candidates outlining the creation of a commonsense immigration process. While the news out of Tampa so far has been mixed, we’ve seen good news in a guest worker program in the GOP platform, and on our Forging Consensus blog this week, we highlighted that the preachers leading the delegates in prayer in Tampa support immigration reform.
 
All the Best,

Ali Noorani
Executive Director
National Immigration Forum

Forging Consensus Update for July 2012

Dear Friends,
       
As immigration issues in Arizona and California have taken center stage in recent weeks, a new consensus on immigrants and America continues to emerge nationwide.
       
Planning for a Midwest Summit in Indianapolis this October has begun. In addition, look for news of a National Summit to take place in Washington DC in early December.

If you’re interested in attending either event, or know someone in the Midwest who might want to help us forge a new consensus on immigrants and America, you can send an e-mail to newconsensus@immigrationforum.org.

Thank you.

Supreme Court: Arizona can’t create its own immigration laws
The Supreme Court, in a 5-3 decision, struck down three key parts of Arizona’s immigration enforcement law. Evangelical leaders joined former Arizona attorneys general to praise the Court’s rejection of most of Arizona’s law, while renewing calls for Washington to act swiftly on immigration reform.  The Court found much of the law unconstitutional, but unfortunately it did not block the Section 2(B) of SB 1070, which would require law enforcement officers to determine the immigration status of those they “reasonable suspect” are not lawfully present. That same week, I wrote an opinion piece for CNN.com about Section 2(B)’s potential harm to the basic rights of Arizonans.

Farmers Agree, Ruling Reinforces Need for Reform
Additional reaction to the Supreme Court came from agricultural leaders, who also called for Congress to pass immigration reform. Western Farm Press interviewed farmers from Virginia to California, and found a consensus in favor of fixing the country’s broken immigration system. Kevin Rogers, a Mesa, Ariz., farmer and Arizona Farm Bureau Federation president, commented, “The bottom line is the federal government needs to step up and fix the visa labor program so we can have the needed legal workers in this country for agriculture and other industries.”
       
California Senate Passes TRUST Act
The California Senate passed a bill to counter the Obama administration’s Secure Communities program, following criticism that the program limits law enforcement’s community policing and detracts from public safety.  The New York Times joined the Catholic Bishops of California, police chiefs in Oakland and Palo Alto and others in endorsing the bill, declaring “When every arrest is a potential immigration arrest, people in immigrant communities are afraid to report crimes or cooperate with investigations.”
 
White House: Thank you to faith leaders
President Obama’s Domestic Policy Council Director Cecilia Muñoz wrote a post on the White House blog praising the work of faith leaders who support immigration reform. She highlighted the role of Catholic, Protestant, Jewish and evangelical leaders, diverse in their religious convictions but united in valuing immigrants and immigration. Muñoz specifically mentions the Evangelical Immigration Table, a group that also was featured on NPR’s Tell Me More earlier this month. These voices come from across the political and theological spectrum and are a great example of a new consensus on immigration.

We welcome your suggestions for what to include in these monthly updates and would love to have you contribute. E-mail us your ideas at newconsensus@immigrationforum.org.

All the Best,

Ali Noorani
Executive Director
National Immigration Forum

Forging Consensus Update for June 2012

Dear Friends,

A consensus is emerging.

In the first two weeks of June, leadership across the Southeast gathered to discuss the need for reform, evangelical leaders launched their own national movement for reform, and the President was compelled to protect bright, young undocumented immigrants from deportation. Your commitment to forge a new consensus on immigrants and America has caught the attention of the public and forced action by policymakers.

Thank you.

Consensus Builds in the Southeast: What’s Your One Word?
Last Monday, over 150 faith, business and law enforcement leaders from Alabama, Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee and Georgia came together for the first ever regional dialogue on immigration. Keynoted by former U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, the Southeast Summit touched on the economic, cultural and public safety components of a rational immigration plan serving the region’s interests.

At the close of the Summit, we shared with each other the one word that described the day. For me—it was being inspired by the courageous leaders in the room. If you attended the Southeast Summit, Mountain West Summit, or are just reading about this work, what is your word?

Please take a second to email us at newconsensus@immigrationforum.org or tweet us (@NewConsensus or @ANoorani) with your word.

For a complete compilation of regional and national press coverage of the Southeast Summit, click here. (Photo credit: Elizabeth Llorente/FOX News Latino)
 
An Evangelical Consensus on Immigration
Last Tuesday, June 12, prominent evangelicals came together to launch the Evangelical Immigration Table and announce the Evangelical Statement of Principles for Immigration Reform, signed by more than 150 leaders from across the country including leadership of World Vision, Navigators, Intervarsity and Focus on the Family.

At the Capitol Hill press conference, leaders also announced a radio ad campaign to invite evangelicals across the nation to sign the statement of principles.  After the press event, the Table met with senior White House officials, as well as Senate Republicans and Democrats to share their vision.

In a statement, Archbishop Jose H. Gomez, Archbishop of Los Angeles and Chairman of U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Migration welcomed the leadership of the evangelical community to the pursuit a “more just and humane immigration system in our nation.”

Over the course of the week, the Table launch was covered in media outlets across the political spectrum, driving the immigration debate in a new, powerful, way.  For a complete compilation of press coverage of the Evangelical Immigration Table, click here. (Photo Credit: Sandi Villarreal/Sojourners)
 
Administrative Relief for DREAMers
Capping off the week, President Obama announced on Friday measures to prioritize enforcement resources by providing administrative relief from deportation for people who came to the United States before age 16 and are currently age 30 and under, have been here for at least five years, and pose no threat to public safety or national security.

Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff joined the Forum in praising the news, and was later quoted by the Washington Post, “This is clearly within the president’s power.” Evangelical leaders joined law enforcement leaders, voicing their support for the changes. 

“This is not just a big deal for Latinos,” I told the Boston Globe. “If you hold a Bible, wear a badge, or own a business, you want a solution to the immigration dilemma.”

Launching the Forging Consensus Website
We’re excited to launch the Forging a New Consensus on Immigrants and America website, on top of our social media platforms: Facebook and @NewConsensus on Twitter. You’ll notice a new blog on the website to highlight the great work by faith, business, and law enforcement communities around the country. (Thank you to Mayor Paul Bridges of Uvalda, GA for the inaugural blog entry.)

We welcome guest blog entries, and would love to have you contribute. Email us your submission at newconsensus@immigrationforum.org

All the Best,

Ali Noorani
Executive Director
National Immigration Forum

Forging Consensus Update for May 2012

Dear Friends,
     
As polarizing talking points are lobbed back and forth to score political points, we want to take a minute to highlight positive, bipartisan work taking place across America, calling for common sense solutions. In this fractured environment, consensus between conservative, moderate and liberal constituencies has never been more difficult or more important. 
     
Through our collective work to Forge a New Consensus on Immigrants and America, together we can create a new conventional wisdom that paves the way for smart immigration solutions that serve the interests of every American and their families.
     
Register Now! Southeast Summit on June 11th in Atlanta
In just a few weeks, leaders from the faith, business, and law enforcement sectors in Alabama, Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee and Georgia will gather in Atlanta for the Southeast Summit. Hosted by Uvalda, Georgia, Mayor Paul Bridges, Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff, Jeb Bush, Jr., and other regional leaders, the summit will be held on June 11 at the W Atlanta Downtown Hotel and feature a keynote address from Former United States Attorney General Alberto Gonzales. You can register online here.

Violence Against Women Act
This week the House of Representatives passed legislation that rolled back important protections for immigrant women included in the original – bipartisan – Violence Against Women Act of 1994.  Prominent evangelical, mainline Protestant and Catholic leaders sent a letter to Congress urging them to strike these provisions. And, Leith Anderson, President of the National Association of Evangelicals, and Lynne Hybels, co-founder of Willow Creek Community Church in Illinois, wrote an Op Ed for CNN.com urging Congress to protect immigrant women from violence.  The version that passed the Senate makes a number of minor changes that will expand protections for immigrant victims of domestic violence, but the House decided to play politics instead. While it is unclear when House and Senate versions will be conferenced, there is clearly a consensus that all women should be protected against abuse, regardless of immigration status.

Aren’t Immigrants Worth More Than Zero?
In just As the Supreme Court considers the pivotal Arizona v. United States (see below for details), we took a look at the way we treat immigrants and the work they do in America. I wrote this piece for the National Journal asking the question of whether America values work anymore. If we create different values for different workers, we weaken our economy and block the journey from nanny to engineer for future generations. And further demonstrating the harm to our workforce caused by political polarization, Congress is considering making it even harder for immigrants to learn English, integrate and become citizens by diminishing grants encouraging citizenship to zero. Aren’t immigrants worth more than zero?

Arizona v. United States
On April 25, the Supreme Court of the United States heard oral arguments regarding Arizona’s anti-immigrant law, S.B. 1070. Signed into law nearly two years ago by Gov. Jan Brewer, S.B. 1070 authorizes (among other things) law enforcement officers to arrest someone without a warrant based on reasonable suspicion that the individual is in violation of civil immigration laws. Faith, law enforcement and business leaders spoke out on the case, agreeing the law is unconstitutional: 
• Leading evangelical groups, including the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, the National Latino Evangelical Coalition, and Sojourners issued statements condemning Arizona’s law
• Forty-four former state attorneys general (including former democratic and republican Arizona attorneys general) filed a compelling amicus brief opposition S.B. 1070
• Business leaders in Arizona issues an amicus brief and spoke out about the harmful effects of the law on their businesses.
• The week after oral arguments, the Forum joined the leadership of Arizona Employers for Immigration Reform, Texans for Sensible Immigration Policy and the Competitive Enterprise Institute to host the Congressional Immigration Solutions Conference.

Connect with Forging Consensus
We’d love to share your consensus building efforts with allies across the country; you can send your news and recommendations to newconsensus@immigrationforum.org. Please follow us on twitter (@NewConsensus) and Facebook.
       
All the Best,
     
Ali Noorani
Executive Director
National Immigration Forum

Forging Consensus Update for April 2012

Dear Friends,
       
While the rhetoric has softened, it is clear both political parties have made the calculation that a polarized immigration debate is good for winning elections.  But a polarized immigration debate does not serve the interests of Americans and their families.  Instead, small businesses struggle, crops go unpicked, families are separated, and congregations across the country strain under a moral crisis.

In this fractured environment, consensus between conservative, moderate and liberal constituencies has never been more difficult or more important.  To bring the nation closer to sensible immigration reform, faith, law enforcement and business leadership gathered in Salt Lake on October 26, 2011 to begin the process of Forging a New Consensus on Immigrants and America. 

Since that Mountain West Summit, leaders from Utah, Idaho, Colorado and Wyoming, as well as leadership from Georgia, Iowa and Alabama have shown the nation what a new consensus will look like. In the months ahead, additional states are poised to join the effort.

In this newsletter, we’d like to highlight work going on all around the country, and by all of you, building toward this new consensus. Through our collective work, we can create a new conventional wisdom, sending the message that there is a new consensus on immigrants and America, and the American people expect the Administration and Congress – whichever party is in power – to represent that consensus through smart, bipartisan policy solutions.

Announcing the Southeast Summit: June 11th in Atlanta
We’re excited to announce that faith, business, and law enforcement leaders from across the Southeast will gather on June 11th in Atlanta for the Southeast Summit. Building on the success of the Mountain West Summit, the Southeast Summit will bring together leaders from Alabama, Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee and Georgia to develop a common understanding of the value of immigrants and immigration to the Southeast, and America. Hosted by Uvalda, Georgia, Mayor Paul Bridges, Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff, Jeb Bush, Jr., and other regional leaders, the summit will be held at the W Atlanta Downtown Hotel and feature a keynote address from Former United States Attorney General Alberto Gonzales. Registration materials will be available soon. Please contact Will Pinkston for more information.

“An Emerging Generation of Republicans”
Earlier this month, the New York Times published a moving profile of Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff, “the most prominent politician among an emerging generation of Republicans trying to stake out an alternative to restrictionist immigration laws modeled on Arizona’s.” In the midst of anti-immigrant measures in Arizona and Alabama that are undermining economies and destroying communities, Shurtleff reminds us that immigration solutions are a function of bipartisan leadership.

Iowa Compact
Last December, a diverse group of Iowans, spanning the political spectrum, came together to launch the Iowa Compact. Faith, business and law enforcement leaders spoke with one unified voice, declaring five principles they believed should guide Iowa’s immigration discussion: federal solutions, smart enforcement, keep families together, meet our economic needs, and maintain a culturally rich, welcoming state.

Arizona v. United States
On April 25, the Supreme Court of the United States is slated to hear oral arguments regarding Arizona’s anti-immigrant law, S.B. 1070. Signed into law nearly two years ago by Gov. Jan Brewer, S.B. 1070 authorizes (among other things) law enforcement officers to arrest someone without a warrant based on reasonable suspicion that the individual is in violation of civil immigration laws. In preparation for the arguments, we wanted to highlight the following amici curiae – “friend of the court” – briefs that defined a new consensus on the impact of S.B. 1070:
- 44 former Attorneys General highlighting the impact of S.B. 1070 on law enforcement
- AZ Employers for Immigration Reform and the Greater Houston Partnership writing to the impact of the law on state economies
- US Conference of Catholic Bishops on the moral impact of the law on families

G92: What the Bible says on immigration
This past February, over 400 students and 80 pastors from across seven states convened in Alabama at Samford University, a prominent evangelical university in Birmingham, for a daylong conversation on the biblical response to immigration issues. Publications across the country covered G92 South, including RELEVANT Magazine’s RejectApathy.com site, the Baptist Press and WORLD Magazine. Closing the conference, Southern Baptist Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission President Dr. Richard Land urged students and pastors to do all they could to pass comprehensive immigration reform, declaring “We need national immigration reform. No state can do this job. They don’t have the authority to do it. They don’t have the expertise to do it.”

Connect with Forging Consensus
We’d love to share your consensus building efforts with allies across the country; you can send your news and recommendations to newconsensus@immigrationforum.org. Please follow us on twitter (@NewConsensus) and Facebook.

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