As President Speaks, Americans are Ready for Immigration Reform

WASHINGTON, D.C. — This afternoon, President Obama gave a speech on immigration reform in San Francisco. The following is a statement from Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum, regarding President Obama’s speech:

“President Obama is right when he says ‘it is long past time to reform an immigration system that doesn’t serve America as well as it should.’ And America agrees.

“According to a report today from the nonpartisan Public Religion Research Institute, 60 percent of Republicans favor an opportunity to earn citizenship for immigrants currently living in the United States illegally. Majorities of white evangelical Protestants (55 percent), white mainline Protestants (60 percent), Catholics (62 percent), minority Protestants (69 percent), and the religiously unaffiliated (64 percent) also favor such an opportunity for earned citizenship.

“Meanwhile, in today’s Washington Times, Mathew Staver, founder and chairman of Liberty Counsel, wrote of his support for immigration reform as an evangelical Christian and a political conservative.

“So, while the focus is squarely on Speaker Boehner and his leadership team, he can rest assured that Americans of all stripes are ready for reform and have his back.

“Over the course of year, we have seen the Senate pass bipartisan immigration reform, and House committees have voted on five immigration bills. But every day, the case for immigration reform becomes more clear. The time is now to bring legislation to the House floor.”