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13
2013
Nov

Broad Coalition Joins Digital Day of Action for Immigration Reform

Wide Range of Groups Partakes in Social Media Push for Commonsense Reform

WASHINGTON, D.C. — With some members of Congress conveying that the year will end without action on immigration reform, organizations from across the political spectrum are making it clear that they will not let their lawmakers off the hook easily.

An unprecedented coalition of groups is joining forces today for a Digital Day of Action to say in one voice that America is #Ready4Reform. Through ads on social networking sites targeting 111 key congressional districts, a unified #Ready4Reform profile picture and other approaches, their digital push is expected to reachmillions on social media.

In just the first three hours, more than 3,000 tweets went to an audience of more than 85 million people, and #Ready4Reform is currently trending in Washington, D.C. These add to more than 72,000 tweets in the two weeks since these groups and others started using the hashtag.

A full roster of today’s participants is below.

The following are quotes from some of the participants in today’s Digital Day of Action:

Randy Johnson, Senior Vice President of Labor, Immigration, and Employee Benefits, U.S. Chamber of Commerce:

“The U.S. Chamber will continue to make commonsense immigration reform a top priority. This is not an easy issue, but we are going to keep our shoulder to the wheel and make legislation a reality. In doing so, we will help secure the borders and promote the economic prosperity of the country.”

Wade Henderson, President and CEO, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights:

“Across political or ideological lines, Americans are ready for reform that includes a roadmap to citizenship for 11 million undocumented immigrants. For far too long, our immigration system has forced too many immigrants into the shadows outside the protection of our laws. Our nation deserves fair and humane immigration policies that adhere to our values, including providing fair enforcement, respecting federal civil rights and liberties, keeping families intact and protecting the rights of all workers. It is time for the House to take seriously the public’s call for legislation that will fix our inhumane, unjust and unworkable immigration system.”

Leith Anderson, President, National Association of Evangelicals:

“The call for immigration reform is growing louder. The list of advocates is growing longer —from President Bush to President Obama, from Democrats to Republicans, and from business leaders to police officers to evangelical Christians.”

Noel Castellanos, CEO, Christian Community Development Association:

“It’s with great urgency that I  and CCDA leaders all over the country are participating in today’s #Ready4Reform Digital Day of Action on behalf of our immigrant brothers and sisters. Every day Congress delays in fixing our broken immigration system, mothers, fathers and their children continue to suffer under the weight of a bad national policy. Our prayers are with these families, and with members of the House as they contemplate much-needed reform to our immigration system.”

Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, President, National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, the Hispanic Evangelical Association:

“Today’s complacency is tomorrow’s captivity. With that understanding, we have marched, prayed, fasted, lobbied and mobilized for immigration reform. Evangelicals and Catholics, business owners and labor, law enforcement and civil rights groups, conservatives and liberals all agree; America is ready for reform right now! Congress, literally, for the love of God and country, pass CIR. Now is the time.”

Daniel Watts, G92 Coordinator, World Relief:

“G92 is dedicated to helping Christian students around the country respond to the issue of immigration from a distinctly biblical perspective. We believe when this issue is viewed primarily through this lens, it is obvious that our nation’s immigration laws fail our country on humanitarian, national security and economic grounds. G92 is excited to participate today in the Digital Day of Action to show that Christian students around the country are #Ready4Reform!”

John Faison, Executive Director, Centro Internacional de Raleigh:

“There is no better time than now for preachers and leaders to expose their sphere of influence to a biblical view of the immigrant. Now more than ever we, as Christians, should be concerned for and should be praying for the direction our country is to take in regards to immigration. Lord draws near on all the nations. As you have done, it will be done to you. Your dealings will return on your own head (Obadiah 1:15).”

Tim Isaacson, Executive Director, Immigrant Hope–Atlanta:

“It is amazing to see such a diverse coalition of entrepreneurs, business, law enforcement and faith-community leaders coming together in unity and agreement about what is best for safer communities, best economically and best morally. As an evangelical, I have been praying Ephesians 2:14 for immigrants and citizens, but will be praying it today for those on different sides of the congressional aisle where it concerns commonsense immigration reform: ‘For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility.’

Join the conversation on Twitter using #Ready4Reform. The following groups are participating in today’s Day of Action:

AFL-CIO (@AFLCIO)

American Immigration Lawyers Association (@AILANational)

America’s Voice (@AmericasVoice)

Bibles, Badges and Business for Immigration Reform (@BBBimmigration)

Bunny, Inc. (@VoiceBunny and @torrenegra)

Cato Institute (@CatoInstitute)

Center for American Progress (@amprog)

Center for Community Change (@CommunityChange)

Christian Community Development Association (@IAmCCDA)

FWD.us (@FWD_us)

G92 (@G92movement)

Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights (@CivilRightsOrg)

National Association of Evangelicals (@NAEvangelicals)

National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (@NHCLC)

National Immigration Forum (@ImmPolitic)

Organizing for Action (@BarackObama)

Partnership for a New American Economy (@RenewOurEconomy)

Reform Immigration FOR America (@RI4A)

Service Employees International Union (@SEIU)

Silicon Valley Leadership Group (@SVLeadershipGrp)

Small Business Majority (@SmlBizMajority)

Sojourners (@Sojourners and @SojoImmigration)

United We Dream (@UnitedWeDream)

U.S. Chamber of Commerce (@USChamber)

Young Women’s Christian Association (@YWCAUSA)



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