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North Carolina and Ohio Primaries: Immigration Reform Is a Winning Issue

Local Leaders Weigh In

WASHINGTON, D.C. — As more and more House Republicans continue to point to summer opportunities to take up immigration reform, North Carolina and Ohio voters sent a clear message Tuesday that support for reform is a winning stance.

In the Republican primary for the 2nd District in North Carolina, Rep. Renee Ellmers won decisively while running on a pro-immigration stance. Similarly, in the 7th District, David Rouzer, the pro-reform candidate, registered a convincing primary victory for an open seat.

“The present treatment of many immigrants in this country is unfair and immoral,” said Reginald Stone, a missionary with the Assembly of God in Dunn, N.C. “We are glad to see that immigration is a winning issue for our elected officials at this time.”

“Supporters of immigration reform have emerged victorious from their primaries and now is the time for them to talk across the aisle and get immigration reform done,” added Byron McMillan, a pastor and small business owner of the McMillan Group, Inc. in Cary, N.C.

“I believe the tables are turning,” said Ramiro Fernandez, a network engineer for a large financial firm in Cary. “And that Congress will see through the election results that Americans are in favor of justice for us all, including the millions of immigrants who daily contribute to the wellbeing of our nation, yet are denied the basic right of any individual who dreams of pursuing happiness and change.”

Meanwhile in Ohio, Speaker John Boehner also won his primary race.

“We hope that Speaker Boehner’s victory bolsters his confidence to keep moving forward with his vision for common sense immigration reform,” said Dr. William Brown, Chancellor of Cedarville University in Cedarville, Ohio. “There is no better time to get this done than right now and yesterday’s vote provided ample evidence voters, including conservative Republican voters, are on board. I hope that yesterday’s victories give legislators the confidence to bring reform to the floor and pass good immigration bills this summer.”

“As a small business owner I regularly see how our broken immigration system is holding back business growth in Ohio,” said Robert Salinas, CEO of Salinas Industries in Miamisburg, Ohio. “It's hurting us at both ends of the labor pool. I think Boehner's victory is evidence that Americans are ready to move forward on immigration reform, and they will reward politicians who get past incendiary rhetoric and scary sound bites and propose real solutions."

“Speaker Boehner and other strong Republican advocates for immigration reform, like Congresswoman Renee Ellmers of North Carolina, experienced overwhelming victories yesterday,” said Chris Gibbs, a rancher and Chairman for the Shelby County Republican Party in Ohio. “This shows that the county is ready for reform, and willing to stand with Congressmen and Congresswomen who propose common sense reform that will help grow the U.S. economy. Yesterday’s primary results should embolden Congress to pass immigration reform without further delay.”

“Speaker Boehner won by a landslide yesterday, showing that the people of Ohio, and voters in general, want someone in Washington who can get past gridlock and fix things that matter to us,” added Carl Ruby, the Executive Director for Welcome Springfield. “Boehner has made immigration reform one of his highest priorities and Ohio voters rewarded him with a landslide victory.”

“Nationwide, Republican constituents continue to demonstrate that support for immigration reform is a winning issue,” said Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum Action Fund. “The results of the North Carolina and Ohio primaries add to the growing number of successful primaries for conservative supporters of reform. GOP candidates who are listening to their constituents and encouraging action on immigration reform are seeing electoral success in their districts.”

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