Ahead of the State’s Primary, Local Leaders Discuss Positive Impact of Immigration

Communications Associate

May 2, 2016

INDIANAPOLIS — Local faith, law enforcement and business leaders emphasized the need for a better immigration conversation during an event Thursday evening at Indiana Wesleyan University.

The panel was part of a series of “America Is Better: Bibles, Badges and Business for Immigration Reform” events around the country, including in IowaNew Hampshire, Nevada, Oklahoma, GeorgiaAlabamaTexasMichiganSouth Carolina, Illinois, Florida, Colorado, Utah, OhioArizona and Pennsylvania.

“Immigration has revitalized the Wesleyan church from coast to coast with new vitality and vibrancy. Our churches are better because of these immigrants,” said Jo Anne Lyon, General Superintendent of The Wesleyan Church.

“If all laws in our nation were in keeping with the kingdom of God, then breaking the law would be morally wrong. Nations around the world, however, have crafted laws that often run counter to clear biblical instruction. We need laws that dignify productive immigrants,” said Sergio Monterroso, Senior Pastor/Hispanic Ministries Director at Indianapolis First Hispanic Church of The Nazarene/Indianapolis District Church of The Nazarene.

“As one of the greatest free nations in the world, with so much to offer, our conscience should guide us to do the right thing and welcome those in need,” said Tom Morales, Co-Founder, President & CEO, Morales Group, Indianapolis. “Immigrants seeking a new beginning bring a sense of excitement and freshness to the workplace and the community … Seeing life and its potential in a whole new way is something we can all benefit from. Our nation of immigrants has created a beautiful tapestry depicting the richness of the future.”

“Indianapolis has evolved as a more multicultural city, which makes city life much more interesting. Good people are good people, and bad people are bad people, regardless of ethnicity,” said James Waters, Assistant Chief of Police with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department. “From a public safety standpoint, we have adjusted well to the changing demographics. We want to mirror the community we serve in our recruiting. I’m excited about these opportunities to grow in how we serve the community.”