Wisconsin Faith and Business Leaders Applaud Republican Standards on Immigration Reform

Assistant Director of Communications

January 31, 2014

Major Commitment from House Leadership Propels Reform Forward

MILWAUKEE — On Thursday House Republicans released their standards for immigration reform. The standards met with broad support among top Wisconsin faith and business leaders, who lauded the movement toward much-needed reform and called on Congress to pass reform this year.  

The following are quotes from Wisconsin Bibles, Badges and Business leaders:

Michael Collison, Associate Pastor, Appleton Community Evangelical Free Church:

“Our church has many immigrant friends with children whose lives are deeply impacted negatively by the broken and conflicted state that our current immigration laws create. It is our hope and prayer that these proposed standards can under gird new legislation that will create a more just and economically vibrant society.”

Peter Hanson, Vice President of Public Affairs, Wisconsin Restaurant Association:

“We are encouraged by the release of the Standards for Immigration Reform by the House Republicans. These standards display important progress towards fixing our broken immigration system which is needed to ensure the growth of our nation’s economy. The Wisconsin Restaurant Association is willing to work with members of the House of Representatives as they bring forward legislation that will address reform. We believe 2014 is the year to get this done and we are hopeful that Congress can come to a resolution that will move us forward as a nation.”

Lee Nanfelt, Associate Pastor, Alliance Bible Church, Mequon:

“Immigration reform is something where both sides can find common ground – in business, law enforcement and religion. Justice and mercy can come together with this as described by the prophet (Micah 6:8). I pray that this comes to pass soon for the good of our country and the people who deserve due process like my grandparents had at Ellis Island.”