ICYMI: A Choice for Republicans on Immigration Reform

Digital Communications Manager

February 25, 2014

​WASHINGTON, D.C. — With the immigration reform debate heating up in their districts and on Capitol Hill, House Republicans face a choice: They can join conservative voices who recognize that immigration reform is good politics and good policy, or stay quiet and let members such as Steve King unapologetically maintain prolong the status quo — a broken system that is holding our country back.

“House Republicans and their leadership have to make a decision on the direction of their party,” said Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum. “Will they choose to forge ahead with policy solutions that enjoy broad support among their constituents, or will they allow the vocal fringe to define their approach?”

In the past week, local leaders have answered the call and made their choice clear.

Today, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce released a letter signed by 636 business organizations in support of reform — one day after Thomas Donohue, Chamber President and CEO, made the strong point that Republicans should proceed with immigration reform because it will grow the economy. On the local level, faith and business leaders in Zeeland, Mich., gathered to urge Congress to pass commonsense reform. Leaders also took to local opinion pages: Three South Carolina evangelical pastors stressed the moral urgency for reform in an op-ed, while in Arizona, Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik wrote that we need reform for the safety of our communities.

The choice seems clear to several GOP members of Congress who have newly spoken out, too. In North Carolina, at a Bibles, Badges and Business event with state faith and business leaders, Congresswoman Renee Ellmers chose to prioritize immigration reform: “If I can do anything in Washington, I’d like to solve this problem.” Meanwhile, in South Carolina, Congressman Mick Mulvaney held what may have been the first Republican in-district town hall entirely in Spanish. The congressman used the town hall to speak with local Hispanic pastors on the moral imperatives for immigration reform.

In the Northwest, Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers told the Metal Services Institute that she thinks immigration is still a possibility this year, and back down south, Florida Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart confirmed that there is Republican movement on immigration in the House and commented that leadership is going to have to make the final decision on whether they’re going to move forward soon.

Across the nation, Bibles, Badges and Business leaders choose a GOP that tackles commonsense reform. Prominent Republican leaders have heeded their call; now it’s time to get it done.