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The Week Ahead June 23-27

June 23, 2014 - Posted by Communications Intern

“One of the most immediate ways to revitalize our economy is by passing immigration reform… If we are serious about advancing our economic future and about creating job growth here in America, then we must realize that it is suicidal to suggest closing our doors to the world's entrepreneurs, or worse, to continue with large-scale deportations.”

— Rupert Murdoch in his Wall Street Journal op-ed, June 19


The Stranger to Screen at the Capitol
The Stranger, a documentary film that explores immigration from a distinctly Christian perspective, will screen Tuesday on Capitol Hill. The film, which premiered June 4 in Chicago and has 1,100 screenings being held in 39 states over the summer, is coming to Washington to screen in front of members of Congress, their staff and press.

Directed by Emmy Award-winning director Linda Midgett, this film profiles three immigrant families who’ve suffered under our broken immigration system. Following the D.C. screening of the film, local and national evangelical leaders will discuss the moral, social and economic imperatives for reform.

The screening comes less than two weeks after the Evangelical Immigration Table released a letter to Congress, urging votes on broad immigration reform this summer.

Integration Bill Set to Drop Tuesday
Congressman Tony Cardenas (D-CA) and Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) will be introducing a bill together on Tuesday on immigrant integration. As our country continues to deal with our broken immigration system, integration services are increasingly important for helping our legal permanent residents effectively integrate into our nation’s workforce, communities and country.

Congressman Cardenas and Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen will host a press conference Tuesday to discuss the importance of their bill and the positive benefits integration services have on employees and employers alike.

Wendy Kallergis, President and CEO of the Greater Miami & The Beaches Hotel Association, a prominent leader in the Bethlehem Project’s Miami site, will also join the members of Congress for their press conference on the impressive power of immigrant integration.

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

Summary of immigration legislation introduced and government reports on immigration:

MUST READS: WALL STREET JOURNAL (Murdoch Op-Ed): Immigration Reform Can't Wait
By Rupert Murdoch
June 18, 2014
When I learned that House Majority Leader Eric Cantor had lost his Republican primary, my heart sank. Not simply because I think he is an intelligent and talented member of Congress, or because I worry about the future of the Republican Party.
Like others who want comprehensive immigration reform, I worried that Mr. Cantor's loss would be misconstrued and make Congress reluctant to tackle this urgent need. That would be the wrong lesson and an undesirable national consequence of this single, local election result.
People are looking for leadership—those who stand for something and offer a vision for how to take America forward and keep our nation economically competitive. One of the most immediate ways to revitalize our economy is by passing immigration reform.
I chose to come to America and become a citizen because America was—and remains—the most free and entrepreneurial nation in the world. Our history is defined by people whose character and culture have been shaped by ambition, imagination and hard work, bound together by a dream of a better life.
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POLITICO MAGAZINE (Adelson Op-Ed): Let’s Deal With Reality and Pass Immigration Reform
By Sheldon G. Adelson
June 19, 2014
Radio show hosts and political pundits are suggesting that the primary election defeat of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor is the final nail in the coffin for passing immigration reform in this session of Congress. They surmise that other Republicans will be especially reluctant to tackle the issue for fear of losing political support.
If we are led to believe that the results of a local election with 12 percent voter turnout in a single congressional district (one out of 435) with a mere 65,000 votes cast is all that it takes to disrupt a necessary and important national policy debate, then America is in big trouble—not just on this issue, but on a whole range of issues.
I certainly hope that is not the case.
As a Republican, it’s my view that efforts to complete immigration reform should be led by our party. Some on the outer fringes of the GOP may disagree, but the truth is we are humans first and partisans second. Frankly, the Democrats don’t have a monopoly on having hearts.
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