Bibles, Badges and Business Leaders Win the August Recess

Digital Communications Manager

September 5, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Five weeks ago, the Bibles, Badges and Business for Immigration Reform network launched its #BBBwinsAugust campaign with the aim of changing the debate on immigration reform for key House members.

After holding over 40 Roundtables for Reform nationwide, generating close to 350 headlines and featuring 144 local conservative and moderate leaders publicly speaking out in their districts, the verdict is in: Bibles, Badges and Business leaders won the August recess.

A full rundown of the metrics accomplished by the #BBBwinsAugust campaign can be found here.

The following is a statement by Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum Action Fund:

“As Congress returns to Washington for the legislative session, they arrive with the August recess’s momentum for immigration reform fresh in their memory.

“Over the course of the five week recess, the Bibles, Badges and Business for Immigration Reform network convened 40 Roundtables for Reform with 144 local faith, business and law enforcement leaders in key congressional districts and participated in 65 town halls. The Evangelical Immigration Table also put some skin in the game with a $400,000 ad buy in 56 congressional districts across 14 states — the largest ad buy in its history. Together these events generated nearly 350 headlines, over 80% of them in local media.

“There’s no question about it — Republican members of Congress felt the overwhelming support from conservative constituents this summer recess.

“When evangelical leaders like Max Lucado make the biblical case for immigration reform in the San Antonio Express News, law enforcement leaders like former U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales call for reform in Nashville, or business leaders like Barry Sharp, owner and president of S&S Steel Services urge for a solution in Indiana, the message is clear: #BBBWinsAugust.

“As a result, members such as Reps. Southerland, Bachus, and Chaffetz are among the dozens of House Republicans calling for commonsense immigration reform based on the support from their conservative base.

“Yes, Congress has a lot on its plate. But, the immigration timeline for this fall that House Majority Leader Eric Cantor laid out in early August hasn’t changed. In fact, a spokesperson from his office was quoted in Congressional Quarterly yesterday reaffirming this calendaring.

“Our work is not done yet, though. Bibles, Badges and Business are once again gearing up for the next couple of months. Next week we will be partnering with the North Carolina Farm Bureau and Bipartisan Policy Center to convene “A Conversation with Michael Chertoff” to discuss the need for immigration reform.

“After an August recess where the right voiced its support for immigration reform in unprecedented levels, House Leadership realizes that inaction is not an option. They also realize that those who hold a Bible, wear a badge or own a business stand ready to support Congress on its path toward reform.”