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Sen. Rand Paul Tells Leaders to Remember Immigration Reform is about People, Not Just Policies

Sen. Rand Paul Tells Leaders to Remember Immigration Reform is about People, Not Just Policies

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Sen. Rand Paul Tells Leaders to Remember Immigration Reformis about People, Not Just Policies More than 130 Leaders Attend National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference and Latino Partnership for Conservative Principles' Town Hall WASHINGTON, June 13, 2013 – Following Tuesday's Senate vote to debate immigration reform, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) offered the keynote address on the topic at a Town Hall and Prayer Rally in Washington, D.C., hosted by The National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (NHCLC) and The Latino Partnership for Conservative Principles. More than 130 Hispanic-American Christian pastors and leaders from the D.C. area joined the discussion, which centered on the urgent need for immigration reform. "As we continue to debate immigration in Congress this week, I think sometimes the human factor gets lost," said Paul. "When discussing the issues, it's important to remember that we're talking about people, not just policy." Paul, the son of an immigrant, explained that the numbers and statistics associated with immigration cannot prevent lawmakers from seeing the real-life implications of their decisions. "We're not talking about criminals," Paul said. "We're talking about immigrant workers caught up in a failed government visa program." Paul proposed an immigration reform plan that includes work visas for those who are already in the U.S. and are willing to work, modernization of visas allowing for better tracking, and a middle ground between amnesty and deportation by allowing those who are illegal to become legal through a probationary period. "Man's humanity toward man is how we will be judged," said Paul. "For the teacher, for the student, for the immigrant, for the unborn and for the next generation ... We, as Americans, should never lose sight of the things we share in common, and do our best to love thy neighbor, every chance we get." Paul also spoke to the importance of education and a system that allows students of all nationalities to succeed, something which the NHCLC leadership believes is the civil rights issues of our day. "We have to work to improve issues that stem from immigration and education is a big one," said Rev. Carlos Duran, Director of the NHCLC Washington, D.C., Chapter. "For us, immigration has a face and a name. We see the human side of the issue everyday in our churches, in communities and at our schools." The NHCLC believes our nation is on the brink of immigration reform and encourages integration, secured borders and healthy communities. While it believes the Town Hall was a great success, organizational leaders say there is still a lot of work ahead. "The immigration issue is far from done," said Duran. "We will continue to encourage pastors and church congregations that apathy and silence are not options for the Hispanic Christian church." The NHCLC is the largest Hispanic Christian organization representing millions of Evangelicals and more than 40,000 U.S. Churches. Seeking to reconcile evangelist Billy Graham's message of salvation with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s march of prophetic activism, the NHCLC emphasizes "7 Directives" of Life, Family, Compassionate Evangelism, Stewardship, Justice, Education and Youth. For additional information, visit http://www.nhclc.org.   ******************************************************************************************** Following is a listing of articles surrounding the events of the Town Hall Meeting on Immigration Reform.   Sen. Rand Paul’s Keynote Speech at Immigration Forum Sen. Rand Paul Will Back Immigration Reform Bill if Senate Agrees to His Plan for Annual Vote on Border Security Paul On The Fence Over Immigration Bill Rand Paul Presses Senate on Border Security Sen. Rand Paul Offers Border Security Amendment to Senate Immigration Bill Rand Paul Plays God Politics Border Security at Issue in Immigration Bill Border Security at Issue With Immigration Bill Rand Paul to Illegals: ‘We Will Find a Place for You;' Envisions 12 Million ‘New Taxpayers’ Border Security at Issue as Senate Debates Far-Reaching Immigration Bill Paul Offers Immigration Reform Support, With an 'If' For Conservative Republicans, Immigration Becoming a Political Balancing Act Border Security at Issue in Immigration Bill Rand Paul Pushes for Border Security Heller Says He's Leaning for Immigration Bill Legislators’ Attention Turns to Vote-Counting on Immigration Samuel Rodriguez Urges Intercession for Immigration Reform Immigration-Reform Advocates Brace for Flood of Amendments House Speaker John Boehner Aims To Have Immigration Reform Bill By Summer Immigration Reform takes Center Stage in Washington