Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana

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October 25, 2013

Immigration reform 'is an American issue'

Immigration reform is a topic many believe Congress should be addressing sooner rather than later.

“To me, reform means fixing the broken immigration system,” reported Angela Adams, an attorney with Lewis & Kappes, Indianapolis, who is also the firm’s Immigration Group director. “It means creating a workable system for employers to get the labor they need and a way for families to be able to be together without prolonged backlogs and delays.

“So many times people have no options. They’re stuck in a broken immigration system for years .... Good immigration reform is based on the laws of supply and demand, factoring into that faith, human dignity and the need to keep our families strong as the foundation of the community,” points out the Bibles, Badges and Business for Immigration Reform Midwest regional coordinator.

“The BBB is a national immigration forum that was started in February. It’s a network of faith, law enforcement and business officials who collaborate with various organizations,” including the United States Chamber of Commerce.

Member Mark Stenger, Batesville, said that in the immigration debate, “extreme positions have dominated .... One side is for deporting them all, and one is for amnesty, but moderates and conservatives want immigration reform, too. There’s a lot of people in between, and this organization is bringing those voices together .... It’s a grass-roots organization.”

On Oct. 15, Adams, Stenger, Mayor Rick Fledderman and others met with two representatives from 6th District U.S. Rep. Luke Messer’s office. Stenger announced, “Messer is a freshman representative, and he really hasn’t developed his opinion on immigration reform. This was a listening tour through his reps.”

Later that day, Adams met with a group in Batesville to discuss various topics, including rights and options for obtaining legal status.

Immigration reform “isn’t an Hispanic issue. It is an American issue, one we all have to deal with and find commonsense solutions to.”

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