Local Ohio Leaders Urge Action on Immigration Reform

Digital Communications Manager

August 12, 2013

DAYTON, Ohio — With Congressman Michael Turner (OH-10) back in his district over the August recess, prominent Ohio leaders came together on Monday to voice their support for broad, commonsense immigration reform.

During a Dayton roundtable discussion hosted by the Bibles, Badges and Business for Immigration Reform Network, local leaders in the faith, law enforcement and business communities added their voices to the nationwide call for just immigration reform that acknowledges the dignity of each person, respects the rule of law and addresses the needs of the American economy. At the roundtable, these leaders highlighted the importance of immigration to Ohio’s 10th district and let Congressman Turner know that they will be looking for action when Congress returns to Washington in September.

This event builds on the momentum of Bibles, Badges and Business leaders who have been gathering across the country to show their members of Congress that they and their constituencies will support courageous lawmakers who act on broad immigration reform.

The following are quotes from Dayton-area Bibles, Badges and Business leaders at today’s event:

Richard S. Biehl, Director & Chief of Police, Dayton Police Department:

“The immigration system in this country has been broken for years, too often denying any reasonable access to legitimate and lawful immigration processes. It is unreasonable for family members of immigrants to wait years for their loved ones to join them due to barriers in an efficient immigration process. This and many other areas of immigration regulation need to be addressed as a national priority.”

David E. Larson, Immigration Attorney, Altick & Corwin Co., L.P.A.:

“The U.S. House of Representatives has an opportunity to enact immigration reform legislation that will promote a bright economic, free, entrepreneurial and inclusive future for America. We need to help our representatives seize this opportunity.”

Sister Maria Stacey, Director for Hispanic Catholic Ministries; Committee Member for Welcome Dayton: Immigrant Friendly City project:

“Immigration reform is essential to enable immigrants who are here to participate more fully in our communities. Reform will benefit our nation economically and culturally. Many employers are looking for this reform to pass; many families long for the opportunity to be reunited. Our immigration system is broken, and this legislation will help repair it by also providing a more efficient process for those who have been waiting for years to come legally. I wish the House would examine the details and act!”

Follow the conversation at BBBwinsAugust.com