A coalition of business and religious leaders gathered Tuesday to pressure Republicans to embrace immigration reform.
The coalition, formed by the bipartisan group National Immigration Forum, is holding two days of meetings to figure out how to best press forward on immigration reform. The conclusion of many of its participants is that GOP lawmakers must be shown it’s in their interest to pass broad immigration reforms, and that conservatives will rally around them if they support those proposals.
“As we meet with senators and congressmen in the forthcoming days I’m going to be stressing to them that they need to exercise responsible leadership and forge a coalition of the middle,” said Richard Land, a leader in the Southern Baptist Convention and prominent social conservative.
Land added that he would stress to anti-reform Republicans that the party’s ability to win national elections going forward depends on winning Hispanic voters, and that the party’s handling of immigration reform was hindering that.