A group of religious, business, and law enforcement officials met Monday evening at Clark State to discuss immigration reform. The group held a public forum to talk about providing a path to citizenship for those in the country illegally.
Dr. Carl Ruby leads an Ohio group called Bibles, Badges and Business for Immigration Reform. The organization is part of the National Immigration Forum, which has called on lawmakers to modernize the country’s immigration laws, while recognizing the need for border security.
With the Senate debating this week a comprehensive reform bill, Ruby says last night's roundtable discussion will focused on two of the hot button issues.
"People at that one end of the political spectrum are very concerned about the 12 million people who are already here. And that there is some way for them to achieve legal residency and citizenship. At the far end of the political continuum are people whose main concern or sometimes their only concern is border security. So we feel that the bill that the Senate has produced addresses concerns at both ends of the continuum and we feel like the only way to fix immigration, which hasn't undergone comprehensive review since 1965, the only way to fix it in this political climate is to address both of those," Ruby said.
Ruby, a former professor at Cedarville University, says that evangelicals are more involved now in immigration reform and he hopes that will push the political right into approving the Senate's comprehensive plan.