ICYMI: Roundtables for Reform Make News Nationwide

Digital Communications Manager

August 15, 2013

​Washington, D.C. – Less than two weeks into the August recess, “Roundtables for Reform” organized by the Bibles, Badges and Business for Immigration Reform network have been making news across the country in key congressional districts.

As explained by Mark Weaver in The Greeley Tribune, “While Congress is home for its August recess, faith, business and other leaders in northern Colorado and throughout the nation are letting our congressional representatives know that immigration reform is urgent. Bibles, Badges and Business leaders [are gathering] to support broad reform that will fix our broken system and move all of us forward.”

The following are the top local stories from this past week. Stay up to date at www.BBBwinsAugust.tumblr.com and on Twitter at #BBBwinsAugust.

Colorado

Greeley Tribune: Weaver: It’s time for immigration reform to strengthen families, economy

While Congress is home for its August recess, faith, business and other leaders in northern Colorado and throughout the nation are letting our congressional representatives know that immigration reform is urgent. On Thursday in Greeley, Bibles, Badges and Business leaders gathered to support broad reform that will fix our broken system and move all of us forward.

News Channel 5: Colo. Faith Leaders Discuss Immigration Reform

Colorado faith leaders gathered in Grand Junction on Tuesday, as part of their immigration reform efforts. Throughout the month they will reach out to Colorado lawmakers in support of broad immigration reform.

Georgia

Hispanic Business: Georgia Businesses Push Congress for Immigration Changes

Georgia business leaders are diving into the thorny debate on overhauling the nation’s immigration laws, seeking to push Congress to act as soon it emerges from its summer recess next month.

Illinois

The Catholic Post: Safeguard human dignity when reforming immigration: Fr. Lee

The 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States are tagged with labels ranging from “needed laborers” to “illegal aliens,” but Father Tony Lee urges that they first be seen as people with human dignity equal to all.

Hispanic Business: Illinois Employers Want Immigration Reform

Local jobs from farmhand to engineer are being held back by a lack of national immigration reform, local employers said at a panel hosted Wednesday by the McLean County Chamber of Commerce.

Ohio

WYSO 91.3: Organizations Roundtable Immigration Discussion

Hoping to get the attention of Congressman Michael Turner of Ohio’s 10th district – The Bibles, Badges and Business for Immigration Reform Network held a roundtable disccusion that featured local faith leaders, law enforcement, and members of the business community.

Wisconsin


WAOW ABC 9: Immigration reform group focuses on Rep. Sean Duffy

A group supporting immigration reform brought its message to Wausau. That group—Bibles, Badges, and Business for Immigration Reform (BBB)—is pushing Rep. Sean Duffy (R-7th District) to support overhauling our nation’s immigration laws. At a forum Wednesday afternoon at UW-Marathon County, several panelists spoke in support of passing immigration reform. That panel included business leaders and a dairy farmer. Marathon County Sheriff Scott Parks also attended.

Wisconsin Public Radio News: Wausau Hosts Diverse Roundtable On Immigration Reform

A roundtable of business, religious and law enforcement leaders gathered in Wausau today to push for immigration reform.

WJFW Channel 12: Panel emphasizes Wisconsin benefits of immigration reform

If all illegal immigrants were removed from the state, Wisconsin would lose $2.6 billion in economic activity and almost 15,000 jobs. A group called Bibles, Badges, and Business used those numbers to push their message Wednesday in Wausau.

WSAU 99.9 FM/550 AM: Immigration discussion comes to UW-Marathon County

A group of community leaders met in Wausau yesterday to talk about immigration reform and how it affects central and northern Wisconsin.

Also making the news was an event hosted by #BBBwinsAugust at South by Southwest Version 2 Vegas, where tech leaders discussed immigration reform with Republican Congressman Joe Heck (NV-03).

Bloomberg: App Makers Woo lawmakers as SXSW Conference Tackles Immigration

Tech’s mounting interest in shaping public policy was on display at South by Southwest, where industry executives including AOL Inc. co-founder Steve Case and Tesla Motors Inc. Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk advocated for more cooperation between Washington and Silicon Valley.

Las Vegas Sun: Heck yearns for comprehensive discussion, not rhetoric, on immigration reform

U.S. Rep. Joe Heck knows the “pathway to citizenship” is the sticky part of the immigration-reform debate that sends politicians into frazzled fits of tongue-tied constituent coddling.

Las Vegas Review Journal: Where are the national greatness conservatives?

America is losing out on some of the world’s top talent in high-tech startups and entrepreneurs, because of a broken and backlogged immigration system. That was the message coming out of the first panel discussion at the South by Southwest V2V event, taking place today, Tuesday and Wednesday at the Cosmopolitan hotel in Las Vegas.

My News 3: Heck holds immigration panel with foreign entrepreneurs

Congressman Joe Heck is on the strip today, leading a panel discussion on immigration. Heck was flanked by foreign-born tech-based entrepreneurs who detailed for the congressman how difficult it was to come to the U.S. and start a business. They also spoke about the difficulties they faced in hiring anyone from outside the U.S. to work at their business.

Washington Post: A bit more movement on immigration reform

Heck supports a pathway to citizenship and sees the Senate model for that as reasonable — which contains the seeds of consensus and indeed represents a level of engagement on the issue that goes above and beyond what Dems had hoped to hear from House Republicans.