On the Brink of House Immigration Debate, BBB Leaders Speak Up

Digital Communications Manager

July 9, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Bible, Badges and Business for Immigration Reform (BBB) network ran a full-page advertisement in Politico today to express appreciation for Senators who voted for commonsense immigration reform and urge the House to take action.

For those leaders who hold a Bible, wear a badge or own a business, now is the moment to keep calling on legislators to pass reform that grows the economy, respects the rule of law and is compassionate.

Here is what some key BBB leaders said about the importance of immigration reform on the brink of its crucial debate in the House of Representatives:

Steve Case, Chairman and CEO of Revolution LLC and Co-Founder of America Online:
“Last month the Senate stood up — 68 Democrats and Republicans — and made the right choice for our economy and our country by passing comprehensive immigration reform. It’s now time for the House to do the same. I encourage House leaders to move forward with passing immigration reform that will preserve America’s advantage as the most innovative and entrepreneurial nation on the planet.”

Ali Noorani, Executive Director, National Immigration Forum:
“BBB leaders were influential in their support of Senators voting for broad immigration reform and now we will continue urging House passage of immigration reform before the August recess. The American people, regardless of political party, have said time and time again that they want commonsense, broad reform and the Senate paid attention. We thank them for recognizing this wide support and moving forward in the spirit of bipartisanship. It is our hope that the House continues this bipartisan progress and that a bill will pass before the August recess.”

David Rattray, Senior Vice President of Education and Workforce Development, Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce:
“The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce is proud to support comprehensive immigration reform, which is critical to stimulating job and economic growth, and to serve as a proud partner with the National Immigration Forum to support local naturalization efforts by helping Los Angeles-based businesses provide a pathway to citizenship for their employees.”

Craig Regelbrugge, National Co-Chairman, Agriculture Coalition for Immigration Reform:
“The choice facing the House of Representatives is clear: embrace immigration solutions, or perpetuate the status quo. In American agriculture, the status quo is deplorable for farmers and workers. In American agriculture, the time is ripe for solutions.”

Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, President, National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference:
“Conservative Senators who supported immigration reform exhibited prophetic courage and subsequently received support from constituents with Bibles, badges and businesses. Members of the House who embrace a similar posture stand poised to make history by reconciling Abraham Lincoln’s justice imperative with Ronald Reagan’s conviction regarding immigrants. Now is the time!”

Rev. Gabriel Salguero, President, National Latino Evangelical Coalition:
“Evangelicals are thankful that the Senate has taken action on immigration reform. We remain prayerful that the House will enact meaningful bipartisan immigration reform that provides for both security and an earned path to citizenship. The time to bring real solutions to this decades-old challenge is now. The status quo is not a viable option.”

Greg Schultz, Vice President, Business Forward:
“The Senate’s vote sends a strong message that comprehensive immigration reform is crucial to growing our economy and enhancing America’s economic competitiveness. America’s business leaders have voiced their support for reform, and it is now time for the House of Representatives to listen.”

Mark L. Shurtleff, former Utah Attorney General:
“Congress, take notice: In Utah in 2010, those who held Bibles, wore badges and owned businesses came together to support a common-sense approach to immigration reform, and legislators voted for and passed it. Despite challenges from the right, those who voted for fair reform were re-elected to office.”

Jim Wallis, President and CEO, Sojourners:
“Evangelical Christians from across the country applaud the efforts of Senators who chose to put their faith into action for 11 million people that our Scriptures call ‘strangers.’ We have worked and prayed hard for reform and have urged our nation’s political leaders to enact immigration reform that keeps families together and provides an earned pathway to citizenship while also ensuring the safety of our borders. We won’t stop speaking, acting and praying for our immigrant brothers and sisters until we see this vital reform signed into law.”