Missouri Faith, Law Enforcement and Business Leaders Applaud Republican Principles on Immigration Re

Assistant Director of Communications

January 31, 2014

Major Commitment from House Leadership Propels Reform Forward

ST. LOUIS — On Thursday House Republicans released standards for immigration reform. The standards met with broad support among top Missouri 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 Missouri Bibles, Badges and Business leaders:

Andrea Martinez, Attorney at Law, McCrummen Immigration Law Group, LLC, N. Kansas City:

“We applaud the Republicans in the House of Representatives for taking this important step towards reforming our broken immigration system. I am hopeful that 2014 is the year of meaningful reform because every day I work with immigrants who are in desperate need of a change in our current immigration laws. As an immigration attorney I support the House GOP as they move forward toward introducing legislation that will empower immigrants and improve our nation’s economy.”

Mary Timmel, Midwest Outreach Manager, Small Business Majority, St. Louis:

“It’s encouraging to see the House of Representatives is moving forward with immigration reform through their recently released standards. Small employers have voiced their strong support for immigration reform because they believe it will be good for our country and for their businesses, while providing major economic. Missouri small businesses need smart policies that strengthen our economy and give them what they need to compete. Fixing our immigration system will strengthen the workforce and infuse the economy with additional tax dollars, increasing consumer demand and bolstering small businesses’ bottom lines. The time to act on smart, comprehensive immigration reform is now.”

Andy Krumsieg, Director, Jubilee Christian Development Corporation, St. Louis:

“Immigration reform is an issue that affects every American socially, economically and spiritually. As a nation of immigrants, it is critical that we change our broken system with bipartisan reform. We can provide border security and economic opportunity, unite families and communities and promote growth and camaraderie where division and walls have existed too long. Our prayers are for our leaders to move forward with a sense of urgency and harmony.”