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The Week Ahead: June 10-14

June 10, 2013 - Posted by Communications Intern

“Immigration reform is now a gateway issue: Many Hispanics won't be open to Republicans until it is resolved, which could take the rest of the year. But there is little doubt [this] week's Senate deliberations will shape for some time to come the Hispanic community's perceptions of the GOP.” — Karl Rove, former deputy chief of staff to President George W. Bush, in a Wall Street Journal op-ed, June 5

Immigration Reform Debate Moves to Senate Floor
This week, the full Senate will take up S. 744, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act. Right now, senators are debating the “motion to proceed” with the bill, a requisite precursor to the floor debate.

A pair of votes on whether to proceed to debate is expected this afternoon, paving the way for a debate in coming weeks that will include hundreds of proposed amendments. Key to the success of the bill will be rational, respectful dialogue that takes into account the desire for a new immigration process among voters across the political spectrum.

The floor debate is expected to continue through June, with a vote on the bill possible before Congress’ July 4 recess.

Wednesday: Bibles, Badges and Business Leaders Come to DC
Just as the Senate immigration bill reaches the floor, leaders from the Bibles, Badges and Business for Immigration Reform (BBB) network are coming to Washington to reinforce their support for broad reform. During a breakfast meeting Wednesday that is open to press, more than 100 leaders from around the country will hear from speakers including former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, who is now Co-Chair of the Bipartisan Policy Institute Immigration Task Force; Revolution LLC Chairman and CEO Steve Case.

Following the morning session, faith, law enforcement and business leaders will spend the day meeting with members of Congress and their staffs to urge support for bipartisan immigration solutions such as those in the Senate bill. About 60 meetings are scheduled.

Other speakers Wednesday morning include Eddie Aldrete, Vice President of IBC Bank; Jana Barresi, Director of Federal Government Relations for Wal-Mart; Mark Curran, Sheriff, Lake County, Ill.; Jesus Loya, Angel Investor and former DREAMer; and Carlos Moran, Board Member, National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference.

In addition, a group of BBB leaders met this morning at the White House and stood with President Obama as he called for support for the Senate’s bipartisan bill and spoke of the urgency for reform.

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

Summary of immigration legislation introduced and government reports on immigration:


ARIZONA REPUBLIC: Evangelicals pushing Republicans to back immigration reform

By Daniel Gonzalez
June 6, 2013
The radio ad opens with Valley megachurch Pastor Don Wilson declaring that “Christians should be known for their love,” while soothing guitar music plays in the background.
But the ad’s religious tone quickly segues into the thorny political issue of immigration reform, with Wilson imploring evangelicals to join a movement that asks political leaders to support changes rooted in biblical values.
Those values, Wilson intones, respect the rule of law, protect family unity, guarantee secure borders, ensure fairness to taxpayers and, finally, “establish a path toward citizenship” for the 11 million immigrants living in the U.S. illegally.
“Our Arizona elected officials need your prayers,” concludes Wilson, senior pastor of the 20,000-member Christ’s Church of the Valley, based in Peoria. “They need to hear your voice.”
The 1-minute ad has been running all week on two Valley radio stations: conservative talk-radio station KKNT-AM (960), “The Patriot,” and Christian radio station KPXQ-AM (1360).
Similar ads narrated by other prominent evangelical Christian leaders from around the country have been running this week in 13 other key states.
The ads are part of a growing campaign by politically influential evangelical Christian leaders using Bible Scripture to drum up support for immigration reforms that include a pathway to citizenship for the undocumented.
The ads are timed in advance of the full U.S. Senate’s debate over the sweeping immigration-reform bill, which is expected to start next week. The bill, crafted by a bipartisan group of senators known as the Gang of Eight, will need to gain the support of conservative Republicans to ensure passage in the Senate and later in the GOP-controlled House.
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THE HILL: Paul Ryan endorses immigration bill after Labrador walks away
By Russell Berman
June 6, 2013
A bipartisan group negotiating a House immigration bill earned a key endorsement Thursday from Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), a day after one of its eight core members quit the effort because of a dispute over healthcare policy.
Ryan, the House GOP budget chief and 2012 Republican vice presidential nominee, told The Hill that he supported the legislation the House group hopes to introduce this month, despite the departure of conservative Rep. Raúl Labrador (R-Idaho).
“I do support what they’re doing,” Ryan said. “I think they put out a good product. It’s good policy.”
Ryan has kept in close contact with the group since the November election, but as recently as Wednesday he had declined to endorse the substance of their emerging proposal, and it was not clear whether he would side with Labrador or the three remaining Republicans in the group: Reps. John Carter (Texas), Mario Diaz-Balart (Fla.) and Sam Johnson (Texas).
Labrador, a former immigration attorney, informed his colleagues on Wednesday that he was leaving the group because he was not satisfied that taxpayers would not have to foot the bill for immigrants in the country illegally in their legislation.
Rather than agree to detailed language on healthcare, the group decided instead to essentially punt the issue and hew to the contours of the Senate Gang of Eight legislation, which makes clear that undocumented immigrants in a provisional legal status cannot receive federal benefits from the 2010 healthcare law.
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