Arizona 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

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

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

Bob Hake, Lead Pastor of Orangewood Church of the Nazarene and Executive Director of LifeBridge Community Alliance, Phoenix:

“On behalf of the struggling immigrant families in our church and our community, I am very pleased to see that the House Republicans are moving forward on immigration reform.  We believe that 2014 is the year that Congress can finally fix our broken immigration system in a way that reflects the biblical values of compassion and justice for the vulnerable, while also uplifting the rule of law.  The continued separation of families here in Arizona provides a moral urgency to get reform across the finish line as soon as possible.”

Glenn Hammer, President and CEO, Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry:

“Immigration reform at a federal level is critically important to Arizona and these points articulated by Republic leadership are a great and positive development. The very best thing that Congress can do for the U.S. economy in 2014 is to create a smart, 21st century immigration system that will serve as rocket fuel for our economy. These standards represent real leadership on immigration reform and I am excited to see the process move forward.”

Debbie Johnson, President and CEO, Arizona Lodging and Tourism Association:

“Arizona’s tourism industry has experienced first-hand the implications of a lacking federal immigration solution. Arizona’s tourism and business community have been working towards federal immigration reform for years and we applaud our Congressional House Leadership for taking this important step towards a long-term resolution to this critical issue.”

Kevin Rogers, President, Arizona Farm Bureau:

“I’m optimistic Congress can come together to work on immigration reform. Agriculture must have a legal, reliable workforce. This is the closest we’ve ever been to getting this done. I expect the House to step up and pass meaningful reform.”

Todd Sanders, President and CEO, Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce:

“This encouraging display of Republican leadership on the critical issue of comprehensive immigration reform is a great step forward. We have the chance to provide stability, predictability and diversity to our workforce, increase our Gross State Product by as much as $296 million this year alone and add as many as 790 new highly-skilled professional jobs in 2014, according to some estimates. We urge our leaders in Washington to continue this important work.”

Doug Yonko, Vice President for Communications, Hensley Beverage Company; Board of Directors, Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry:

“A reformed immigration system not only gives businesses the employees they need to grow but it also allows millions of new people to enter the consumer base.  This means more certainty for business owners and growth in our economy. For both Arizona and our country this would be a huge economic win. It is great to see strong leadership on immigration reform.”