Video of today's press conference is available here.
Photos from today's press conference are available here. Credit: Maurice Belanger, Bibles, Badges and Business
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Building off the success of the Americans for Reform fly-in, which brought more than 600 conservative leaders from across the country into the halls of Congress, business, faith and law enforcement leaders held a press conference today to continue urging lawmakers to move forward on broad, bipartisan immigration reform in the 113th Congress.
Polls released this week further highlight the broad support for reform, finding that voters in key Republican districts want Congress to act on immigration solutions.
The following are quotes from the speakers in today’s press conference:
Thomas J. Donohue, President and CEO, U.S. Chamber of Commerce:
“Immigration reform continues to draw the support of business and industry, of social, religious, and ethnic organizations, of law enforcement and others, for a few very simple reasons: It’s good for the economy, good for American companies, and it preserves and protects this nation’s legacy of being an open and welcoming society. We are going to continue to push forward. The Chamber remains committed to advancing immigration reform, and we’re going to keep working with all our partners to do what’s in the best interest of this great nation. No one ever thought this was going to be easy, but we’re going to see it through.”
Dr. Russell Moore, President, Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention:
“Americans, as divided as we are on many things, have a consensus that the present immigration system is broken, and that the government isn’t doing its job. From virtually every sector of society, a growing group is calling on Congress and the White House to fix this to ensure the rule of law, and a way for those who’ve broken the law to own up to it and make things right. We’re going to have to fix this system sooner or later, and the longer we wait the worse it gets. The time is now.”
Ali Noorani, Executive Director, National Immigration Forum:
“Today’s panel shows the breadth and depth of support for immigration reform. The unified message from faith, law enforcement and business leaders here and across the country is that the House must act soon on immigration reform. The moral, security and economic imperatives could not be clearer. We will not let up until our legislators move forward on reform this Congress.”
Grover Norquist, President, Americans for Tax Reform:
“Immigration reform is important to American economic growth. It is about creating new businesses and jobs and raising our standard of living. It is the most important legislation that the House and Senate could pass this year. The time is now.”
Jay Timmons, President and CEO, National Association of Manufacturers:
“Without immigration reform, we will continue sending talent to our competitors and turning away a future generation of innovators and entrepreneurs. This is a serious issue that Congress needs to address without further delay. Reforming our nation’s immigration policy will strengthen our competitiveness and is the right thing to do for our communities. We will welcome many individuals who are eager to share their talents and make contributions to our economy while ensuring that manufacturers in the U.S. can compete in the global economy. Meaningful reform is a top priority for manufacturers.”
Bishop John C. Wester, Bishop of Salt Lake City; Chairman, USCCB Communications Committee:
“As people of faith, we look at immigration from a variety of perspectives, but none is as important as the human perspective. Immigration reform is about human beings, and it’s about their basic rights: life and dignity. Our country values these human rights enshrined in our Constitution, and it’s really unacceptable that we make an exception when it comes to immigrants. Families are being separated through deportations, migrant workers are exploited and victimized by unscrupulous employers, and human beings are dying in our desert. This suffering must end. It is always time to do the right thing.”
Greg Zoeller, Indiana Attorney General:
“State governments and local law enforcement have been put in the frustrating position of coping with the federal government’s years of inability and unwillingness to enact and enforce a workable immigration policy despite immigration being squarely a federal responsibility. The problems of human trafficking and economic exploitation of immigrants and the lack of respect for the nation’s existing immigration laws will only worsen if federal lawmakers do not fulfill their duty and act to set and enforce a comprehensive policy.”
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