With members of Congress home for the week and the full Senate expected to begin debating the immigration reform bill in early June, Indiana faith, law enforcement and business leaders came together Thursday afternoon for a roundtable discussion on the urgency and importance of commonsense immigration reform.
At the roundtable debate sponsored by the Bibles, Badges and Business for Immigration Reform network, influential leaders gathered to highlight the importance of immigration reform for local faith communities, law enforcement officers and businesses.
Speakers at the event included:
Levi J. Huffman, Partner/Owner, Huffman & Hawbaker Farms
“By fixing the immigration system, Indiana has an opportunity to increase its agricultural output, become a major exporter, and strengthen its economy. Also, with more documentation and reform, food safety, a high priority in this country, can be better ensured.”
Susan Brouillette, Program Director for Healthy Families and Sustainable Communities, Lafayette Urban Ministry
“It is important to keep in mind that comprehensive immigration reform addresses legal as well as illegal immigration and poses job creation opportunities through investment and start-up businesses to jump start our economy and maintain our competitive advantage around the world.”
Rev. Joshua Burkholder, Pastor, St. Paul’s Lutheran Church:
“Regardless of creed, all peoples of faith believe that there is a central call for core values, respect, and human dignities—these are things which we are all entitled to which immigration reform will help immigrants achieve.”
Susan Tharp, County Extension Director, Purdue Extension Network of Clinton County:
“The bottom line is that we need human capital that is more than laborers to build our community. People living in the shadows cannot live up to their full potential as contributing members of our communities.”
Greg Zoeller, Attorney General, State of Indiana
“To those who say that this immigration effort undermines the rule of law, the rule of law has been undermined for the past thirty years by the Federal government’s refusal to take a stand on this issue. We must hold our representatives accountable for the current mess and make them vote between this possible immigration solution and the broken status quo.”
Source: Bibles, Badges and Business for Immigration Reform