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The Week Ahead: July 29-August 2

July 29, 2013 - Posted by Communications Intern

QUOTE OF THE WEEK:
“Immigration is a good thing for this country. It is this country.”
— Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, at a town hall meeting in Racine, Wisconsin on July 26

SUMMARY

Evangelical Support for Reform Continues to Grow
Results from a new CBS News poll indicate broad support for immigration reform, including widening support among evangelicals across the country. Among the 1,036 respondents, 75 percent of evangelicals expressed support for broad reform that includes the opportunity for aspiring Americans to earn citizenship — alongside border security and other important elements.

The findings capped a week during which more than 300 evangelicals and evangelical leaders from 27 states came to Washington for the Evangelical Immigration Table Day of Prayer and Action and met with more than 110 congressional offices, most of them Republican, to urge broad reform.

Bibles, Badges and Business to Home In on Local August Recess Events
As members of Congress return to their districts at the end of this week for the August recess, supporters of broad, commonsense immigration reform are planning roundtable discussions and other events in key districts across the country.

The “Roundtables for Reform” and other local gatherings will c0ntinue the drumbeat echoing all over the country in support of reform. From Colorado to Illinois, Georgia to Utah, local voices from the Bibles, Badges and Business communities will be stressing the urgency of reform throughout August to make sure their lawmakers know where they stand and that they need to act when they return to Washington.

CALENDAR: Please visit our Events page to find this week's immigration-related events.

LEGISLATIVE BULLETIN
Summary of immigration legislation introduced and government reports on immigration:
http://www.immigrationforum.org/images/uploads/2012/LegBulletin.pdf

MUST READ: CBS NEWS: Are the tides turning for immigration reform in the House?
By Robert Hendin and Anthony Salvanto
July 27, 2013
It was only a week ago when prospects for the House passing broad immigration reform seemed dim. However, after hearing this week from House Republicans - not including Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa - and looking at new polling data, it seems that the tides may be turning.
Addressing the notion of immigration opposition funding primary challenges, a top Republican working to pass immigration reform told CBS News that reports of powerful and moneyed opposition to reform have been overblown.
"There's a false sense of the weight of the opposition," he said, adding that he thinks the opposition "is a paper tiger."
That analysis is more than just supposition. According to a recent analysis of political spending on immigration issue advertising, pro-immigration reform groups have outspent anti-reform groups by nearly 3-to-1, with the total spent by both sides through June still less than $10 million.
The money appears to be on the side of the supporters of reform ,and supporters believe the opposition won't have the kind of money needed to run serious challenges against House Republicans who support reform. Additionally, one of the biggest outside Republican groups that has previously been engaged in Republican primaries, the Club for Growth, hasn't taken a position on immigration reform, and instead is focused on spending and health care.
Read more: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-250_162-57595766/are-the-tides-turning-for-immigration-reform-in-the-house/

THE VIRGINIAN-PILOT (Campo Op-Ed): Slings and arrows of immigration
By Carlos Campo
July 24, 2013
"Something is rotten in the state of Denmark." It has been many years since I first read that line from "Hamlet" as an undergraduate trudging through an Intro to Shakespeare class. But as I contemplate the "state" of our nation's immigration laws, "rotten" seems to be the perfect modifier.
We stand at a unique moment, with an opportunity to improve our immigration laws in a way that will honor hard work and human dignity - and improve life for all of us.
That's why I will join hundreds of evangelicals and evangelical leaders in Washington, D.C., today for the Evangelical Immigration Table's Day of Prayer and Action. We will gather amid a months-long effort during which thousands of evangelicals across the country have been praying for reform and urging action.
I see the desperate need for a new immigration process as both a Hampton Roads resident and as president of Regent University. Our rotten immigration laws dishonor the human dignity of our neighbors, here and across this great land. And they are not written strategically to build an America that respects our first principles and prepares us to be a world power well into the future.
Instead, our laws leave over 5 million people legally waiting "in line," often for decades, for a green card. Our laws fail over 400,000 people in immigration custody in a 350-facility immigrant detention system, which cost taxpayers about $2 billion in 2012.
Read more: http://hamptonroads.com/2013/07/slings-and-arrows-immigration
Carlos Campo is president of Regent University in Virginia Beach.


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