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Statement on House GOP Conference Meeting

July 10, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. — In the wake of today’s House Republican Conference meeting on immigration reform, Ali Noorani, Executive Director at the National Immigration Forum, released the following statement:

“Immigration reform is good policy and good politics regardless of which party one belongs to. American voters — including GOP primary voters — want their leaders to lead on issues like immigration reform.

“Many in today's GOP Conference meeting made it clear that ‘doing nothing isn’t an option.’ That is encouraging. But words are not the immigration legislation Americans are calling for.

“Voters want action on commonsense immigration reform from Congress, and they need it this summer. The clock is ticking.

“Momentum for reform has been growing ever stronger in the past year, and not just among the usual suspects. As the Wall Street Journal put it this morning, ‘The dumbest strategy is to follow the Steve King anti-immigration caucus and simply let the Senate bill die while further militarizing the border. This may please the loudest voices on talk radio, but it ignores the millions of evangelical Christians, Catholic conservatives, business owners and free-marketers who support reform.’

“Those who hold a Bible, wear a badge or own a business want members of Congress to get to work and legislate. The time for talking is over."

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