Evangelical, Law Enforcement, Business Leaders Join Forces, Amplify Their Consensus
WASHINGTON, D.C. — In an unprecedented gathering, more than 600 conservative leaders from close to 40 states delivered a clear call to members of Congress on Wednesday, especially Republicans: The House should vote on broad immigration reform this year.
In more than 170 meetings, this wide-ranging coalition of Bibles, Badges and Business leaders talked about the urgent need for reform for the sake of our nation’s economy, security and moral integrity. Sharing personal stories, they encouraged lawmakers to seek votes for reform on the House floor this year. Members of Congress themselves participated in more than 100 meetings.
Support also spread on social media, including more than 10,000 tweets so far this week at #Ready4Reform, an effort that will continue as the House of Representatives decides how to proceed in coming days and weeks.
“The time is now for immigration reform — but don’t take my word for it. On Wednesday, more than 600 constituents told their Republican lawmakers that our broken immigration system is indefensible and reform is urgent,” said Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum.
“Immigration reform can grow the economy, uphold biblical values and honor the rule of law. Republican members of Congress can take great encouragement in hearing that message from their conservative base. They can move forward knowing that they have unprecedented support from all corners.”
Wednesday’s meetings all were part of “Americans for Reform: Immigration Reform for our Economy, Faith and Security.” In addition to the Bibles, Badges and Business for Immigration Reform network, hosts included the Partnership for a New American Economy, FWD.us and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
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