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The Week Ahead: October 15-18
October 15, 2013 - Posted by Communications Intern
QUOTE OF THE WEEK:
“I'm not an advocate of open borders. I'm not an advocate of blanket amnesty. I just see (undocumented immigrants) who are hurting and want to contribute to their family ... and the system is not working for them.”
— Jeremy Hudson, Pastor of Fellowship Christian Church in House Speaker John Boehner’s Ohio district, on why he will come to D.C. and urge reform Oct. 28-29
Evangelical Christians’ Week of Prayer Includes Hundreds of Events, Gatherings:
Across the country, members of the evangelical community are gathering at events and in small groups this week as part of the “Pray4Reform: Gathered Together in Jesus’ Name” week of prayer. Evangelical Christians are praying for immigration reform rooted in biblical values at more than 400 prayer events and gatherings, the latest push in the Evangelical Immigration Table’s Pray for Reform campaign. Nationwide, more than 175,000 people have signed on to the effort as prayer partners, and this week’s gatherings are taking place in more than 40 states.
Faith, Law Enforcement and Business Leaders Keep Pressure on Lawmakers:
Starting with a successful event in Las Vegas on Monday, Bibles, Badges and Business for Immigration Reform leaders are urging their members of Congress to move reform forward as soon as possible with events this week in Illinois, Ohio, Nevada, North Carolina and Utah. The BBB network continues to plan events across the country as part of their Ready4Reform campaign, in advance of a large-scale “fly-in” in Washington, D.C., later this month. With immigration reform next on Congress’ full agenda this fall, Bibles, Badges and Business leaders across the country are stressing the urgency of broad, bipartisan 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:
MUST READ:USA TODAY: Conservative 'fly-in' aims to sell House GOP on immigration
By Alan Gomez
October 14, 2013
About 300 conservatives will arrive on Capitol Hill later this month to press the need for immigration overhaul.
Participants in the "fly-in" say they can better speak to the conservative members of the House Coalition sponsoring event includes U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Partnership for a New American Economy, and FWD.us Senate has passed a version of immigration bill; action is stalled in House
WASHINGTON — During a rally on the National Mall last week, thousands of immigrants, union workers, civil rights activists and Democratic leaders called on the Republican-controlled House to pass a bill to revamp the nation's immigration system.
But a much smaller group heading to Capitol Hill later this month may be more influential over Republicans who are skeptical that an overhaul is a good idea.
About 300 conservatives from around the country and with varying backgrounds — pastors, farmers, police chiefs, business owners — will arrive in Washington on Oct. 28 to meet with Republican lawmakers and make a conservative pitch for a new immigration law.
Participants in the "fly-in" say they can better speak to the conservative members of the U.S. House since they share many ideals on government.
"I'm not an advocate of open borders. I'm not an advocate of blanket amnesty. I just see (undocumented immigrants) who are hurting and want to contribute to their family ... and the system is not working for them," said Jeremy Hudson, a pastor whose Fellowship Christian Church operates in House Speaker John Boehner's Ohio district.
The fly-in is being organized not by conservative groups, but organizations that have focused on legalizing millions of people who are in the U.S. illegally and changing the legal immigration system to bring in more foreign workers.
Ali Noorani, executive director of the National Immigration Forum, a group that has advocated for changes in immigration law to help legal and undocumented immigrants for three decades, said the broad collection coming to Washington represents "the conservative base of the Republican Party."
Read more: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2013/10/14/immigration-house-republicans/2961571/