The Common Good

Congress Urged to Pass Immigration Changes

Date: December 4, 2012

A group of business representatives, Christian organizations and law-enforcement officials convened in Washington on Tuesday to push congressional leaders toward creating a pathway to citizenship for 11 million illegal immigrants, calling it a moral and economic imperative to fix the nation’s “broken” immigration system.

GOP leaders including House Speaker John Boehner have signaled that they are willing to take up immigration legislation, after an election in which Hispanic voters, who tend to favor liberalized immigration laws and were vital to President Barack Obama‘s re-election. However, any effort to grant legal status to undocumented immigrants is sure to prove divisive in the party, as many in the GOP say it would grant amnesty to people who broke the rules.

All told, about 250 conservatives and centrists are in Washington for two days to plan their strategy and then make their case on Wednesday before leaders of both parties on Capitol Hill.