The fight for comprehensive immigration reform was brought to Washington D.C. in a big way this week as a coalition of leaders from top conservative faith groups, law enforcement and the business community converged on the nation’s Capitol to urge immigration reform.
Tom Nassif, president and CEO of Western Growers, joined over 600 leaders from nearly 100 congressional districts to talk with members of Congress about the need for immigration reform. "We’re here to show our legislators how much immigration reform will do for our workers,” Nassif said while appearing as a panelist during the Americans for Reform event today in Washington, D.C. He went on to address security concerns many members of Congress raise saying, “The border will be secure if the people crossing have a way to do it legally to do a job that needs doing.”
Other panelists included: Grover Norquist, Americans for Tax Reform; Frank Keating, President and CEO of the American Bankers Association, Former Governor of Oklahoma; Sheriff Margaret Mims, Fresno County Sheriff; Al Cardenas, American Conservative Union; and Dr. Barrett Duke, the Southern Baptist Convention.
In addition to this morning’s panel discussion, leaders from the coalition hit The Hill to meet with a bevy of legislators. Nassif and other BBB leaders from CA met with Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy and Rep. Devin Nunes, who reiterated their support for immigration reform to move forward in the House.
Nassif and other Agriculture Workforce Coalition (AWC) CEOs also met with House Judiciary Chairman, Bob Goodlatte of Virginia, a key figure in bringing this issue to a vote and author of the agriculture immigration bill in the House. They also met with Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Rep. Xavier Becerra, Rep. Zoe Lofgren, and Rep. Jim Costa, along with several other Democrat members who introduced comprehensive reform in the House. While he was in DC today, Nassif also met with Rep. Jeff Denham and Rep. Darrell Issa to discuss both of their recent efforts on immigration reform.
To round out today’s activities, Nassif and the other leaders also met with a multitude of reporters. Nassif spoke with New York Times, USA Today, KPCC, WBEZ - live Chicago, The Orange County Register, Agri-Pulse and was interviewed for a video news release directed at all the major networks. Twitter was also ablaze with close to ten thousand tweets being sent out with the hashtag #Ready4Reform.
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