Faith, Law Enforcement and Business Leaders Laud Republican Standards on Immigration Reform

Assistant Director of Communications

January 31, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Following Thursday’s release of Republican standards for immigration reform, Bibles, Badges and Business leaders on a press call today applauded the positive commitment from House leadership and called on Congress to pass commonsense reform this year.  

The following are quotes from Bibles, Badges and Business leaders who participated in today’s call:

Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, President, National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference:

“As Evangelicals and the spiritual heirs to Billy Graham’s message and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s march for justice, we affirm our conviction that this is the time to reconcile border security with the security of our values; values that include faith and family. We commend the leadership of the House of Representatives for capturing the essence of what Dr. King described as the ‘fierce urgency of now.’ Now is the time for comprehensive, convicted and compassionate reform.”

Richard Biehl, Chief of Police, City of Dayton, Ohio:

“The release of these standards for reform gives the immigration movement a huge boost in momentum. There is a higher level of support, energy, and unity behind immigration reform than any other legislation that is pending before Congress. People in both parties recognize that reform will energize our economy and make our communities safer … Respect for and compliance with well-conceived laws, based upon American principles of fairness and justice, is essential to keep our communities safe and to ensure national security.”  

Bill Hammond, President, Texas Association of Business:

“Texas is on the front line of the current immigration debate. We have seen first-hand the cost of a broken border and the toll it can have on citizens and immigrants alike.  We are pleased that the Speaker of the House plans to move forward to address this issue that is critical for business and economic prosperity.”

Stan Lockhart, Senior Executive, Micron; Former Utah GOP Chairman:

“I believe the current immigration system is de facto amnesty. Passing sensible immigration reform would change that and would honor the ideals upon which our nation was founded, principally freedom and liberty. It would also be one of the best things we can do for our economy — and the sooner, the better. Republicans must come to the table to be a part of the solution.”

Bishop Eusebio Elizondo, Auxiliary Bishop of Seattle and Chairman of the Committee on Migration, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops:

“The human stakes are high.  If Congress fails to repair our immigration system, immigrant families and communities — as well as the social fabric of our nation — will continue to be ripped apart.  As a moral matter, we can no longer wait to fix it.”

Sheriff Clarence Dupnik, Pima County, Arizona:

“As the sheriff serving and representing Pima Country, Ariz., comprehensive immigration reform is a priority issue that I feel needs to be addressed. I applaud the release of the GOP’s standards and urge Congress to continue moving forward on immigration reform.”

John Morris, President, Ohio Valley Chapter, Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc.:

“These principles are an important step forward when it comes to making 2014 the year that we finally fix our broken immigration system. My membership applauds Speaker Boehner and the rest of the GOP delegation in Southwest Ohio for laying the foundation for reform. This issue is critical for American competitiveness.”

Joe Trauger, Vice President of Human Resources Policy, National Association of Manufacturers:

“Momentum is key to enacting immigration reform, and the release of the standards yesterday is an important step forward. Manufacturers believe immigration reform is essential to building a 21st-century workforce, and it has the added appeal of being the right thing to do. We need policies that focus on growth, and we believe immigration reform is one of those policies. Next comes the hard work of passing legislation, and the NAM stands ready to work with the House moving forward.”