Georgia Faith Leaders Applaud Republican Standards on Immigration Reform

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Georgia Faith Leaders Applaud Republican Standards on Immigration Reform

Major Commitment from House Leadership Propels Reform Forward

ATLANTA, Ga. — On Thursday, House Republicans released their standards for immigration reform. The standards were met with broad support among top Georgia faith leaders, who lauded the movement toward much-needed reform and called on Congress to pass reform this year.

The following are quotes from Georgia faith leaders:

Dr. Shawn Duncan, Community Chaplain, EIRO, Atlanta:
“GOP Leaders, thank you for coming to the table to outline principles that offer a worthwhile place to begin. I especially am grateful for the respect and dignity extended to the undocumented youth among us. As a faith leader who is committed to the biblical command to welcome the stranger, I ask, and will continue praying, that you will stay open to dialogue so that a just and fair path forward can be created in 2014.”

Dr. David Gushee, Distinguished University Professor of Christian Ethics and Director of the Center for Theology and Public Life, Mercer University, Atlanta:
“I applaud the House GOP for releasing its standards for immigration reform. This is an important step toward reaching agreement on this critical issue.”

Rev. Jim Moon, Jr., Lead Pastor and Elder, Crosspoint Encuentro Church, Smyrna:
“It is time for America’s government leaders to work together to ensure life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. It is time to seek justice for the oppressed and improve liberty for all within our borders. It is time for immigration reform.”

Raymond Partolan, President, Student Government Association, Mercer University, Atlanta:
“Although there are some aspects of the House GOP’s document which I disagree, I do acknowledge that the establishment of these principles provides a framework for the Democrats and Republicans to work together in a bipartisan manner to bring about the necessary changes to our country’s broken immigration system. It’s pleasing to me, especially, to see that Speaker Boehner and his colleagues are willing to move forward with a pathway towards legal residence and citizenship for certain qualified youth.”

John Ward, Church Mobilizer, Encompass World Partners, Atlanta:
“My hope is that this is beginning of the end to a very long journey for millions of people who have been waiting for years to walk the path towards legal statues. The Republican standards for immigration reform are a way forward and a win for our friends in Atlanta and around the country. We are praying for the right outcomes in the days ahead.”

Jim Wehner, Founder and President, FCS Urban Ministries, Atlanta:
“I am glad to see the Republican standards for immigration reform in writing. Though there is much to work on to improve these standards, they form a solid starting place.  It makes me hopeful that we could be moving towards reforming a system that we all agree is broken.”

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