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Immigration Reform: A 2014 Priority for Main Street

Last week, House Speaker John Boehner acknowledged that moving immigration reform forward this year will be difficult — while also forcefully stating the need to get reform done.

While House lawmakers and leadership continue the necessary work of debating the urgency of immigration reform this year, our nation’s Bibles, Badges and Business leaders are unequivocal: Momentum for reform is very much alive, and this is the year to pass it.

“Right now, our nation’s leaders have a rare window of opportunity in which to pass a reform that is good for all Americans,” Dr. Russell Moore, President of the Southern Baptist Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, said in the Christian Post. “I encourage our legislators to continue moving forward on the House Republican standards released last week and seize this moment to create an immigration system that works. We cannot keep putting off this issue that is so important to our churches, communities and economy.”

“Progress toward immigration reform in the past year has been amazing, but we do not honor our past or enable our future if we don’t finish the job,” Grant Woods, Republican Former Attorney General of Arizona, wrote in the Arizona Republic. “Let us restore our faith in the rule of law, forge a more prosperous future for our country and honor our history as a nation of laws and a nation of immigrants. Arizona and America deserve nothing less.”

Not least, business owners are stressing the economic imperatives for reform. Mary Ann Miller, President and CEO, Tempe Chamber of Commerce, wrote in Arizona’s East Valley Tribune, “In Tempe, we value the economic vitality of our businesses, from high-tech to startups and from food service to construction. We need Congress to implement a system that will benefit all of them.

“Modernizing the immigration laws so that future immigration of workers and families is lawful, just and orderly is urgent,” Miller adds.

“Now, more than ever, Americans of all persuasions want immigration reform,” said Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum. “The pundits may want to bury immigration reform, but conservative leaders at the local level are the backbone of support urging House Republicans to move forward.”

 


 

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