Ohio Faith, Law Enforcement and Business Leaders Applaud Republican Principles on Immigration Reform

Assistant Director of Communications

January 31, 2014

Major Commitment from House Leadership Propels Reform Forward

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

Richard Biehl, Chief of Police for the City of Dayton, Ohio:

“The release of these standards for reform gives the immigration movement a huge boost in momentum. There is a higher level of support, energy, and unity behind immigration reform than any other legislation that is pending before Congress. People in both parties recognize that reform will energize our economy and make our communities safer … Respect for and compliance with well-conceived laws, based upon American principles of fairness and justice, is essential to keep our communities safe and to ensure national security.”  

Christopher Gibbs, Farmer and Chairman of the Republican Party for Shelby County:

“I really believe Speaker Boehner has a rare opportunity to lead the Republican Party, Congress and the nation toward commonsense and compassionate immigration reform. Now is the time.

American agriculture needs a sustainable, predictable and legal workforce to continue to provide a sustainable and predictable food supply to the American people. Common sense, compassion and compromise make up the only viable legislative path to meaningful immigration reform for American agriculture.”

Rich Nathan, Senior Pastor, Vineyard Columbus:

“I am grateful to see the GOP’s commitment to address the manifest injustice of having 11 million human beings in our country living  in fear and being subject  to exploitation because they lack legal status. The GOP’s standards also committed to work in a bipartisan way to provide a pathway to citizenship for law-abiding immigrant youth who were brought to the U.S. by their parents. These are hugely important first steps in healing our broken immigration system.”

Dave Workman, author, Vineyard USA Regional Leader, former pastor of Vineyard Cincinnati:

“Evangelicals have realized that immigration is both a biblical issue and a family issue. We pray for our leaders in Washington, asking that God will lead them to a consensus on immigration reform that treats immigrants with dignity, unites families, enhances national security, and provides a way our undocumented brothers and sisters to come out of the shadows and enjoy the blessings of becoming Americans. The President has spoken of his commitment to immigration reform and now Republican leaders have released their standards for reform. Now it’s time to get this done.”