Press Release Dec 3, 2012

Leaders Transcend Politics, Build Momentum for Immigration Reform

Dr. Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Conventions Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, will join leaders across the political spectrum in calling on Congress to address the immigration issue and create a road to citizenship for aspiring Americans who contribute to their communities and their economy at a Tuesday, Dec. 4 press conference.

First and foremost fair, just and comprehensive immigration reform is the right thing to do and is a human rights issue, said Land.

The failure to achieve immigration reform is rending the social fabric of the nation. We need for our elected representatives to come together and forge a coalition that will provide immigration reform that respects the rule of law, restores the integrity of our national boarders and acknowledges and affirms human dignity of every undocumented immigrant.

The press conference will kick off the two-day National Strategy Session, at which faith, law enforcement and business leaders will launch a critical push for reform. AOL co-founder and current Revolution LLC Chairman and CEO Steve Case will be the featured speaker at the strategy session.

This gathering builds on successful regional summits in the Mountain West, Southeast and Midwest at which nearly 450 business, faith and law-enforcement leaders have built new relationships, discussed state policies and urged pragmatic solutions at the federal level.

WHAT: An in-person press conference with business, faith and law enforcement leaders urging immigration reform kicks off the two-day National Strategy Session: Forging a Path Forward on Immigration.

WHEN: Press conference: 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, December 4, 2012. The National Strategy Session begins at noon Dec. 4.

WHERE: The press conference will be at the National Press Club First Amendment Lounge, Washington, D.C. The National Strategy Session will be held at the Ronald Reagan Building, Washington, D.C.

WHO: See below for press conference speakers. Steve Case, Chairman and CEO of Revolution LLC and co-founder of AOL, will be the featured speaker at the National Strategy Session.

Press Conference

Dr. Richard Land, President, Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention

Brad Bailey, co-founder and CEO, Texas Immigration Solution

Rev. Luis Corts Jr., President, Esperanza

Mark C. Curran, Jr., Sheriff, Lake County, Ill.

Natalie Gochnour, Executive Vice President of Policy and Communication and Chief Economist, Salt Lake Chamber

Ali Noorani, Executive Director, National Immigration Forum

Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, President, National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference

The Most Reverend Jaime Soto, Bishop of Sacramento, Calif., United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

Jim Wallis, President and CEO, Sojourners

Interested media should send an RSVP to kvargas@immigrationforum.org. Follow the conversation on Twitter at @newconsensus and #newconsesus.

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