WASHINGTON, D.C. — As House Republicans continue to debate whether to take up immigration reform this year, Illinois voters sent a message Tuesday that support for reform is a winning stance.
“Across the country, constituents continue to demonstrate that support for immigration reform is a winning issue,” said Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum. “The results of the Illinois primaries underscore that commonsense reform has broad conservative support. Candidates who are listening to their constituents and encouraging progress on immigration reform are enjoying electoral success in their districts.”
In Illinois, faith and business leaders reiterated their support for broad immigration reform and emphasized their hope that winning incumbents take advantage of the opportunity to steer immigration reform in 2014.
“Through my work with church planting across Illinois, I have seen how badly people in congregations across the state need immigration reform. The time is now to get this done, as Illinois business, faith, and law enforcement leaders, as well as voters of every stripe, are behind reform,” said Rick Champ, Director of Partnership Development at Ignite Church Planting in Champaign. “It is my hope that Congressman Rodney Davis and his fellow U.S. Representatives will recognize that supporters of immigration reform have emerged victorious in Tuesday’s primaries and will push for a vote to fix our federal immigration system in 2014.”
“Immigration reform remains a major issue for us here at Wheaton Bible Church and Christians all around the state. Each day without reform on this issue directly affects so many of our brothers and sisters,” said Chris McElwee, Pastor of Local Impact at Wheaton Bible Church. “With the primaries now behind us, we pray that the winners of Republican primaries work with Democrats to bring about much-needed immigration reform. We’re all praying for reform.”
For business leaders, the primary highlighted how the Illinois economy will grow if members of Congress can pass meaningful reform this year.
“Our current immigration system is broken. It is inhibiting our state and nation from fully capitalizing on our innovation and economic development potential,” said Mark Harris, President and CEO of the Illinois Science and Technology Coalition (ISTC), a member-driven entity charged with driving technology-based economic development in Illinois. “If we want to continue to advance Illinois and the U.S. as hubs for innovation and entrepreneurship, then we must find common ground on immigration reform among our elected officials in D.C., particularly our House Republicans, to develop meaningful reforms this session."
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