In Historic Vote, Senate Moves Forward with Immigration Reform Bill

Digital Communications Manager

June 25, 2013

WASHINGTON, DC— Following weeks of debate, the Senate took a momentous step forward Monday with a 67-27 vote that sets up a possible final Senate vote on S. 744: The Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act this coming Thursday.

Reacting to the news, Bibles, Badges and Business leaders nationwide expressed their satisfaction with the positive result and optimism for the upcoming vote:

Sheriff Mark Curran, Lake County, Illinois

“I commend the Gang of Eight on this first step to moving in the direction of a rule of law and long term homeland security with viable immigration reform legislation.”

Rev. Gabriel Salguero, President, National Latino Evangelical Coalition

“Evangelicals strongly believe that now is the time for commonsense immigration reform. Besides making economic sense, it is the right thing to do. We applaud all good-faith bipartisan efforts that reflect the commitments of the majority of evangelicals and Americans.”

Jim Wallis, President and CEO, Sojourners

“In churches large and small, across every state in our nation, evangelicals have been praying that leaders in Washington would come together to pass commonsense immigration reform that follows the biblical call to respect ‘the least of these.’ As the Senate nears a final vote on its legislation, members of both parties have had an opportunity to debate and amend this legislation. It has truly been a bipartisan effort and this bill deserves broad support from both Republicans and Democrats.”