Congressional Republicans should embrace broad immigration reform, including a pathway to citizenship for those in the country illegally, Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff and other GOP activists urged Tuesday.
They joined like-minded religious leaders and law enforcement officials at the National Press Club to kick off a two-day strategy session sponsored by the National Immigration Forum.
Shurtleff plans to take a seat on the Forum’s board of directors when his term as attorney general ends in early January and he looks forward to lobbying Congress to pass a landmark immigration bill in 2013. But to do that, the advocates will have to overcome strong Republican opposition to the idea of amnesty.
He says Republicans are all too often afraid of anti-immigration groups, which he equated to the political fringe, and he called the most recent election, where Hispanic voters overwhelmingly supported Democrats, an opportunity.