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President Obama Not Alone In Making Immigration Top Priority

October 16, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Tuesday night, during an interview with Univisión, President Obama said that immigration reform legislation would be the top priority as soon as the fiscal crisis draws to a close.

Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum, made the following statement regarding President Obama’s commitment and the urgency for reform:

“President Obama is not alone in making immigration reform a top priority. Across the country, local and regional conservative leaders continue to showcase their considerable support for members of Congress who back commonsense and bipartisan reform.

“This week, in fact, there are over 400 'Pray4Reform' gatherings in 40 states where evangelical leaders and their congregations are gathering by the hundreds to express the moral urgency for immigration reform. They add to the several dozen Roundtables for Reform that Bibles, Badges and Business leaders have been holding throughout the August recess and beyond to support members of Congress.

“On October 29, Republicans in the House of Representatives will feel that support in person when Illinois sheriffs, Texas preachers, South Carolina farmers and Indiana business owners come to Washington for the Americans for Reform Day of Action.

“These leaders will echo what’s been heard on Main Street over the last 18 months — those who hold a Bible, wear a badge or own a business are ready for reform.

“Immigration reform is the only truly bipartisan issue that the House of Representatives has on its docket — it’s a priority for an overwhelming majority of conservative faith leaders, law enforcement officers and business owners. It must become the top priority for the House of Representatives as soon as possible.”


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