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Top Conservative Leaders Laud Successes of 2013, Urge Action on Immigration Reform in 2014

December 18, 2013

**For recording of today’s call click here.**

WASHINGTON, D.C. — This morning, Bibles, Badges and Business for Immigration Reform (BBB) leaders hosted a media call to highlight the progress made on immigration reform in 2013 and the opportunities 2014 holds. Speakers discussed the unique momentum for reform in the final year of the 113th Congress.

The following quotes can be attributed to participants in today’s media call:

Al Cardenas, Chairman, American Conservative Union:
“I am encouraged by the positive activity in the House Chamber toward passage of conservative and principled immigration reform. There remains a lot of work ahead but I am hopeful about its prospects next year.”

Randel K. Johnson, Senior Vice President of Labor, Immigration, and Employee Benefits, U.S. Chamber of Commerce:
“The time is now for immigration reform. We’ve got work ahead of us, but no one in this coalition is into tilting at windmills; we believe we can get this done. We’re going to continue working hard over the next several months. It’s our job to keep moving forward and lay the groundwork for reform, and that’s what we’ll continue to do at the U.S. Chamber.”

Dr. Russell Moore, President, Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention:
“There are several ways that our country is deeply divided, but immigration reform is not one of those areas. There is a remarkable consensus in the country that our immigration system isn’t working as is. As an evangelical Christian I believe that our immigrant neighbors are not issues, they’re persons created in the image of God, and we need to find a solution to a system that is hurting people. We have a remarkable consensus that this system is broken, and I really am optimistic about the prospects of good, sensible, and law-respecting as well as compassionate immigration reform next year.”

Grover Norquist, President, Americans for Tax Reform:
“I am optimistic that the issue of immigration reform has been advanced this year and is well positioned for 2014. We have seen both individual congressmen and senators as well as the broader movements all moving toward support for broader reforms, and the ‘anti’ voices receding both in terms of numbers and of loudness. I think we’re on track for action this coming year, and the center-right coalition is in a better place on immigration than any time in recent history.”

Ali Noorani, Executive Director, National Immigration Forum:
“Across the country and across the political spectrum, Americans are urging members of Congress to support commonsense immigration reform. As Congress embarks on their holiday recess, we see momentum building in the House of Representatives. The fact is, the prospects for immigration reform have never been better.”

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