TODAY: Immigration Symposium Features Conservative Leaders

Communications Associate

October 26, 2016

HOUSTON — Faith, law enforcement, veterans, and business leaders are speaking at the Houston Immigration Symposium this afternoon.

The symposium, hosted by the National Immigration Forum, is under way now at the Asia Society Texas Center. Panel discussions will address the value of immigrants, their positive impacts within our communities and the importance of practical, long-lasting immigration reform solutions.

The following are quotes from speakers participating in today’s event:

Deacon Sam Dunning, Director, Office of Justice and Peace/ Catholic Campaign for Human Development, Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston:
“The need for comprehensive immigration reform continues to be one of the most pressing and important issues facing our nation today. As a citizen, I believe the economic and security aspects of this issue argue convincingly for significant, meaningful and comprehensive changes in the way in which treat undocumented immigrants in our midst and those who continue to seek us out as a land of opportunity. As a person of faith, I believe the moral imperative is absolute. As the U.S. Catholic bishops have said, we are called to welcome the strangers in our midst until they are strangers no longer.”

Chuck Gremillion, Executive Director, Construction Career Collaborative (C3):
“Like it will for other segments of the U.S. economy, immigration reform will bring workforce stability to the construction industry, which will benefit all entities who play a role in it — building owners, construction companies, construction workers and the economy itself.”

Octavio A. Hinojosa Mier, National Coordinator, Veterans for New Americans:
“Since the founding our great nation, immigrants have made tremendous contributions to our armed forces in protecting our national interests abroad, as well as strengthening our national security and enhancing our military readiness. Today, more than ever, immigration reform is a crucial piece to ensuring our military is ready to face any global challenges in the coming years.”

Gary Ledbetter, Editor, Southern Baptist TEXAN:
“The tension between a Micah 6:8 call for mercy and justice and a Romans 13:1 command to respect governing authority is mostly political. We can have thorough immigration reform if our leaders will respect the concerns of those on both sides of this apparent spectrum.”

Ali Noorani, Executive Director, National Immigration Forum:
“In Texas and across the country, conservative leaders continue to value and advocate for immigrants in their communities. Even in the middle of a polarizing election season, these leaders are demonstrating that immigration is about people, not politics.”

Dr. Tony Serna, CEO, Wellness49; Doctor of Naturopathy, HCT Wellness Center; Marine Corps Veteran:
“We must reform our immigration system or lose our world leader status.”

Alex Triantaphyllis, Director of Immigration and Economic Opportunity, Neighborhood Centers Inc.:
“Neighborhood Centers and Houston as a whole recognize and appreciate the cultural, economic, and many other contributions that immigrants make to our city. Houston is taking a leading role in building relationships with immigrants to remain a globally connected, culturally affluent and welcoming city. Along with so many other cities and counties across the country, we understand the importance of immigration reform and hope for changes that will enhance our current efforts to foster inclusivity.”

Click here for a full list of speakers.

WHAT:          Symposium on the need for immigration reform, featuring faith, law enforcement, veterans and business leaders

WHEN:         1 to 4:30 p.m. today, Oct. 26

WHERE:      Asia Society Texas Center
1370 Southmore Blvd.