BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (Aug. 29, 2013) — With Republican Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) back in his district over the August recess, prominent Minnesota leaders came together Thursday to voice their support for broad, commonsense immigration reform.
During a roundtable discussion hosted by the Bibles, Badges and Business for Immigration Reform network, local leaders in the faith 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 Minnesota’s 3rd congressional district and let Congressman Paulsen 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.
Minnesota Bibles, Badges and Business leaders at Thursday’s event added their thoughts.
“As persons of faith, we are called to reach out to aid those in need,” said Jason Adkins, Executive Director, Minnesota Catholic Conference. “Fixing a broken immigration system is part of that responsibility.”
“Immigration reform is vital to America’s economy. Without a legal, stable supply of labor, the American public faces the loss of economic activity from food production in the United States, as well as the risk that more of their food will come from countries with a more readily available farm labor force. Now is the time for reform!” said Amber Hansen, Associate Director of Public Policy, Minnesota Farm Bureau.
“Immigrants are the lifeblood which has made the United States a great nation,” said Patrick Lunemann, President, Minnesota Milk Producers Association. “Without their continuing contributions, we are destined for mediocrity.”
“As Christians trying to instill Biblical values in our society, we are compelled to support comprehensive immigration reform in order to redress the injustices of America’s current immigration system,” said Carl Nelson, President, Transform Minnesota: The Evangelical Network. “I was not always supportive of immigration reform, but as I began to study the Biblical history of people and migration, and applied the scriptural values of justice, I arrived at the conviction that Christians must support comprehensive immigration reform.”