Wisconsin Leaders Push for Action on Immigration Reform

Screen Shot 2013-08-18 at 3.45.47 PMWAUSAU, Wis. — With Congressman Sean Duffy (WI-07) back in his district over the August recess, prominent Wisconsin leaders came together on Wednesday to voice their support for broad, commonsense immigration reform.

During a Wausau roundtable hosted by the Bibles, Badges and Business for Immigration ReformNetwork and FWD. us, local leaders in the faith, law enforcement and business communities added their voices to the nationwide call for just immigration reform that acknowledges the dignity of each person, respects the rule of law and addresses the needs of the American economy. At the roundtable, these leaders highlighted the importance of immigration to Wisconsin’s 7th district and let their legislators know that they will be looking for action after Congress returns to Washington in September.

This event builds on the momentum of Bibles, Badges and Business leaders who have been gathering across the country to show their members of Congress that they and their constituencies will support courageous lawmakers who act on broad immigration reform.

The following are quotes from Wisconsin Bibles, Badges and Business leaders at today’s event:

John Huebscher, Executive Director, Wisconsin Catholic Conference:

“Immigration is one of those issues that summons us to live up to our ideals as a nation. Those who come after us will judge us by how we respond to that call.”

Ed Lump, President and CEO of the Wisconsin Restaurant Association:

“The National Restaurant Association (NRA) and WRA have both been working on the issue of immigration reform for over a decade. But since the 2012 elections, public opinion has shifted dramatically in favor of this effort. As a result, elected officials from both political parties seem to be working toward a bipartisan solution. We support their efforts.”

Darryl Morin, National Vice President- Midwest of the League of United Latin American Citizens:

“We need immigration reform that provides for our nation’s security, economy and humanity.”

Tom Still, President, Wisconsin Tech Council:

“To compare in the knowledge economy, Wisconsin must do a better job of attracting skilled workers. Foreign-born workers, often educated in Wisconsin, should be encouraged to remain here and contribute to the Wisconsin economy.”

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