New Hampshire Leaders Join Call for Constructive Immigration Conversation

Communications Associate

February 4, 2016

RAYMOND, N.H. — Five days before the New Hampshire primary, faith, business and immigration leaders are participating in an event in Raymond, N.H. this morning to highlight the contributions of immigrants and call for a meaningful and constructive conversation around immigration.

These New Hampshire leaders from across the political spectrum add to the growing call for commonsense immigration reform that best serves our communities, our country and our economy.

Today’s event is co-sponsored by the Forum’s Bibles, Badges and Business for Immigration Reform network and Granite Staters for Common Sense Immigration Reform.

“As a pastor, immigration is a biblical issue for me,” said Kevin McBride, Senior Pastor at Raymond Baptist Church in Raymond, N.H., which is hosting the event. “We need immigration solutions that adhere to these values and answer the biblical call to welcome the stranger and help the vulnerable. Evangelicals want real leadership on immigration, not unconstructive rhetoric.”

“As an immigrant and a longstanding New Hampshire resident, I have seen so many families destroyed by the lack of positive immigration reforms,” said panelist Eva Castillo, New Hampshire Immigrant Project Organizer, Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition.

“I’ve seen a lot of immigrants come to New Hampshire and make very positive contributions,” added Randall Drew, Immigration Attorney. “They’re entrepreneurs, they’re good community members, they’re members of churches.”

“From Iowa to New Hampshire and beyond, local leaders continue to call for a constructive conversation on immigration,” said Adam Estle, Field Director of Bibles, Badges and Business for Immigration Reform. “Most Americans recognize that immigration is about people, not politics. The sooner our candidates do the same, the better off our whole country will be.”

Follow the conversation at @BBBimmigration.

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Bibles, Badges and Business is a project of the National Immigration Forum and the National Immigration Forum Action Fund.