From South Carolina to Texas, Local Leaders Demonstrate Support for Immigrants

Communications Associate

October 25, 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C. — In the next two days, local leaders in South Carolina and Texas will underscore the broad support for immigration reform among conservatives.

These leaders are not alone: Events this week join a list of 230 similar gatherings this year across 28 states.

Tonight in Clemson, South Carolina, pastors and faith leaders will speak about how churches can minister to and support immigrants and refugees on a local and national level. The Clemson police chief will discuss how a better immigration process would promote our security and help policing in immigrant communities.

“The evangelical community loves and values the immigrant population because they remind us of the fact that we are all created in the image of God, regardless of the nationality of our birth,” said Pastor Ryan Goodroe of Utica Baptist Church in Seneca, S.C., who will speak at the event. “We seek to be obedient to the biblical command to show hospitality to strangers.”

On Wednesday in Houston, local and national voices from the faith, law enforcement, veterans and business communities will speak at a symposium on immigration.

Panel discussions will feature local leaders in the restaurant industry and banking, Baptists and Catholics, and immigration attorneys and police officers speaking out together for long-lasting immigration solutions.

“From South Carolina to Texas and across the country, conservative leaders continue to value and advocate for immigrants in their communities,” said Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum. “Even in the middle of a polarizing election season, these leaders are demonstrating that immigration is about people, not politics. Come Nov. 9, they will be pushing the constructive debate we need in Washington.”