On Primary Day, Local Leaders Discuss Positive Impact of Immigration

Communications Associate

March 22, 2016

PHOENIX — Local leaders spoke on behalf of immigrants and advocated for immigration reform during a panel discussion today.

Speakers at the “America Is Better: Bibles, Badges and Business for Immigration Reform” panel discussion highlighted the important contributions of immigrants in our communities and economy. Panelists also emphasized the need for broad immigration reform.

Other “America Is Better” events have taken place in Alabama, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas and Utah.

The following are quotes from speakers at today’s event:

Mike Huckins, Vice President of Public Affairs, Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce:
“The Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce is pleased to participate in the Bibles, Badges and Business panel to voice the business community’s desire for comprehensive immigration reform. Businesses need certainty when it comes to the workforce. A patchwork immigration reform approach does not meet that need.”

Brett Hunt, Executive Director, Public Service Academy, Arizona State University College of Public Service and Community Solutions:
“Businesses and communities thrive when immigrants are welcome and fully able to participate. Our current system only hinders these hardworking people from progressing further in our society. Immigrants are bringing their best. It is our responsibility as a country to help them reach their fullest potential.”

Tyler Johnson, Lead Pastor, Redemption Church Arizona:
“As a pastor I am convicted by the Bible and real human life to strongly advocate for commonsense solutions to fix our country’s broken immigration system.”

Dr. Warren H. Stewart, Sr., Senior Pastor, First Institutional Baptist Church, Phoenix; Board of Directors, National Immigration Forum:
“Not only is it an Election Day in Arizona, it’s also the Holy Week, when we celebrate the victory of the world’s most known immigrant — Jesus Christ. There’s no doubt in my mind that commonsense immigration reform is all about Biblical Justice. That’s why my Christian faith informs my unwavering advocacy for comprehensive immigration reform.”

Nan Stockholm Walden, JD, Vice President and Council, Farmers Investment Co., and Green Valley Pecan Co., Sahuarita; Board of Directors, National Immigration Forum:
“The U.S. government’s failure to craft and implement a humane immigration policy is robbing our country of the most industrious, ingenious and loyal people who have made this country the example for the world. Unless we are Native American, we all came from somewhere else, and that is what has made America great.”

Ricardo Zamudio, Dreamer; Youth Programs Coordinator and Social Justice Team Coordinator, Neighborhood Ministries, Phoenix:
“Immigration is a right that all humans have. This doesn’t mean open borders but rather healthy systems that can keep the humanity in perspective as it embraces laws and creates them. Today is a space for that conversation to continue to take shape.”