Statement from Conservative Leaders on Pending Immigration Legislation in the House of Representatives

Published: November 5, 2013

Contact: Laura Rigas, (202) 347-9388, [email protected]

WASHINGTON, D.C.— American Principles in Action and the American Conservative Union, along with more than fifteen conservative leaders, released a statement today regarding the upcoming immigration debate. The statement reads in full:

“America needs immigration reform. With over 76 million “Baby Boomers” retiring by 2030 and only 46 million Americans poised to take their place in the workforce, it’s clear we need a forward-looking market-based immigration policy which allows for a growing economy and a labor blueprint that plans for the future.

“In addition, we are faced with the reality that our current immigration system is dysfunctional: it encourages illegal immigration, does not meet the labor needs of our economy and does not adequately enforce our laws or secure our borders. Conservatives support immigration reform that spurs economic growth and the creation of good jobs for Americans, protects families, promotes the patriotic assimilation of immigrants and ensures that another wave of illegal immigration does not happen again.

“The House of Representatives is in a unique position to propose genuinely conservative solutions to fix our broken immigration system. We, therefore, encourage the House to continue its work to address the different aspects of the immigration issue in a piecemeal basis through regular order. We recognize that the House Homeland Security and Judiciary Committees have already passed important legislation that would go a long way in solving many of our immigration problems. A conservative package of immigration bills should provide legal status to undocumented immigrants, but not a special path to citizenship; should establish market-oriented mechanisms to meet the demand our economy has for foreign workers at different levels of our labor market; and should set border security triggers that are based on precise measurements that can be verified independently.

“If President Obama and the Democrats are willing to kill immigration reform in the House because they disagree with these principles, it would show that they are more interested in using the issue politically than actually solving the problem. Moreover, House Republicans should only agree to go to conference if Senate Democrats can ensure that there will be a level playing field for open debate and discussion and that they will not try to impose their own bill.”

Signers to the letter include: Alfonso Aguilar, Executive Director of the Latino Partnership for Conservative Principles; Jeff Bell, Policy Director of the American Principles Project; Frank Cannon, President of the American Principles Project; Al Cardenas, Chairman of the American Conservative Union; Lawson Bader of the Competitive Enterprise Institute; Brad Bailey of the Texas Immigration Solution; Diana Furchotgott-Roth of the Manhattan Institute; Ed Gillespie, Former RNC Chairman; Robert Gittleson of Conservatives for Immigration Reform; Carlos Gutierrez, Former U.S. Secretary of Commerce; Deal Hudson of the Pennsylvania Catholic Network; Niger Innis of Congress of Racial Equality; Tamar Jacoby of ImmigrationWorksUSA; Dr. Richard Land of Southern Evangelical Seminary and Bible College; Mario H. Lopez of the Hispanic Leadership Fund; Rosario Marin, Former U.S. Treasurer; Rev. Sam Rodriguez of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference/Hispanic Evangelical Association; and Thomas Winter of Humanevents.org.

The Latino Partnership for Conservative Principles promotes conservative values and ideals within the Latino community and works to integrate Latinos into fuller and more active participation and leadership in the conservative movement. It is an initiative of American Principles in Action, a 501(c)(4) organization.

For more information or to schedule an interview with Alfonso Aguilar, please contact Mike Rudin at Shirley & Banister Public Affairs at (703) 739-5920 or [email protected]

Founded in 1964, the American Conservative Union (ACU) is the oldest and largest grassroots conservative organization in the nation. For almost fifty years, the ACU has served as an umbrella organization harnessing the collective strength of conservative organizations fighting for Americans who are concerned with liberty, personal responsibility, traditional values and strong national defense.

For more information or to schedule an interview with Al Cardenas, please contact Laura Rigas at the American Conservative Union at (202) 347-9388 or [email protected]

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