Up until now the Indianapolis 500 and immigration reform did not have all that much in common, but that's about to change. The Indianapolis 500 attracts racers from all over the world and is watched by millions of people around the globe. This year, it will also be spreading a pro-immigration reform message. The race is scheduled for Sunday, May 25.
As reported by indystar.com, an organization known as Bibles, Badges and Business, a segment of the National Immigration Forum group, will be sponsoring a message that will be displayed at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway calling for immigration reform. Bibles, Badges and Business is made up of “law enforcement, business representatives and faith-based organizations” from various states.
A formal announcement regarding the message will be made during a news conference. One of the speakers at the conference will be Angela Smith Jones, who is the public policy director at the Indy Chamber. In past statements, Jones has said that she has been approached about this message in late 2011 or early 2012. At that time, she was asked to become involved in Bibles, Badges and Business and help fight against the recent uprising of anti-immigration measures that were being passed in a number of states.
According to Lake County, Illinois Sheriff Mark Curran, there is at least one specific demand that he hopes to get across to Speaker John Boehner: “Speaker Boehner, you're killin' us. Call the bill.” Sheriff Curran has gained notoriety in the past for his pro-immigration advocacy. He has not been shy about voicing his opinion.
When this article was first posted on indystar.com, Speaker Boehner had not yet called for any vote related to an immigration reform bill, although there were discussions. Sheriff Curran is not the typical pro-immigration reform advocate, not only is he Republican, but he has campaigned with conservative Rick Santorum and Tea Party member, Grover Norquist. Curran is also Catholic and has said that he “supports compassionate immigration policy that recognizes human dignity.”
According to Curran, there are many undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. “when demand for workers was high and no one paid attention to border control because business owners wanted inexpensive workers. “To expect those people to now abruptly leave, or to deport them, is immoral,” he said.
What are your thoughts on this messaging at the Indianapolis 500? It seems like it will be a great way to get the pro-immigration reform message to even more people. The more information about immigration reform, policy, and enforcement that is offered to the public, the more likely that immigration reform will stay at the forefront of Congressional matters.
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