Cincinnati Business, Faith Leaders Discuss Immigration Reform
By Ryan Murphy, Institute Justice Team
Cincinnati was the first stop in a series of panels to promote just and humane immigration reform and it was nothing short of a success. On August 27, a total of about 70 ‘Cincinnatians’ attended two roundtable discussions on the need for comprehensive immigration reform. Personally, it was a great experience. Hearing such passionate panelist discuss the modern day fight for civil rights in the National Museum of the Underground Railroad was insightful to say the least. Especially poignant was that the events were hosted on the eve of the 50 year anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech.
The clear majority of attendees favored just and human immigration reform, though three outspoken opponents were present at our first panel. Our attendance reflected the wide coalition of faith groups, organizations and professionals that desire the House of Representatives to pass immigration reform that will provide a pathway to citizenship and keep families together. The events were attended by the Mexican Consulate, Mr. Alfonso Cornejo, President of the Cincinnati Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and Mr. John E. Pepper, Retired Chairman & CEO of The Procter & Gamble Company. The conversations and dialog were fruitful and addressed common misconception associated with our broken immigration system (video coming shortly). I truly feel everyone, minus our three friends, left the events enriched and with a sense of urgency to put increased pressure on the House when they return from August Recess.
After the twelve hours of preparation/coordination for these events, I was exhausted but greatly pleased about its success. Thanks to the generous help from Faith in Public Life and the Sisters of Mercy communications team, the events were announced and discussed on every major network news channel in Cincinnati. Footage of the event was also shown on the WCPO Channel 9’s nightly news broadcast. Most importantly, staff from both Representative Steve Chabot and Brad Wenstrup offices attended the events to hear our diverse panel of constituents. The Sisters of Mercy and our event partners truly made an impact!