Chairman Carter Speaks on Immigration Reform, Hears Support from Local Faith, Business Leaders

Digital Communications Manager

August 19, 2013

BELTON, Texas — Today Congressman John Carter (R-TX31), Chairman of the Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee, met with faith and business leaders from his district and heard their support for broad immigration reform.

In the meeting and a press conference that followed, Chairman Carter spoke about his work with the House Group of 7, which has been working on an immigration reform bill.

The event builds on the momentum of Bibles, Badges and Business for Immigration Reform network leaders who have been gathering across the country to show their members of Congress that they and their constituencies will support courageous lawmakers who act on broad immigration reform that acknowledges the dignity of each person, respects the rule of law and addresses the needs of the American economy.

The following are quotes from participants in today’s event:

Congressman John Carter (R-TX31), Chairman of the Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee:

“Today’s meeting with evangelical and business leaders in Belton was encouraging. Their support for the rule of law, understanding it must be followed with compassion, gives me hope that we can fix our nation’s broken immigration system. I am working for a system that will strengthen the border, respect the rule of law, implement E-verify, enhance the high-tech workforce and treat the undocumented compassionately.”

Dr. Rick Hertless, Executive Pastor, Walk Worthy Baptist Church:

“As evangelical Christians we stand for the dignity of the people and call for an immigration solution that will serve America, Texas and the church overall.”

Wendy Reilly, State Director of Government Affairs, Tech America:

“We urge Congress to enact legislation that will bring meaningful reforms. Our companies must be able to hire the best and brightest talent from around the world.”

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