Immigration and "Bibles, Badges, and Businesses"

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Sounds like a strange combination of words, but "Bibles, Badges and Businesses" may be the key words to finally get something done on comprehensive immigration reform, which is very important to the landscape industry. These words represent an important mix and shift in thinking that unites faith-based organizations, law enforcement agencies, and the business community in a new movement. The National Immigration Forum uses these words in a new campaign to target leaders in both parties and to set the stage for the president and lawmakers to feel a different kind of pressure than they have felt in the past to solve this important issue.

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In a Nov. 8 interview, U.S. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said he thinks the immigration. issue has been around for far too long. "I think a comprehensive approach is long overdue, and I'm confident that the president, myself, and others can find the common ground to take care of this issue once and for all." A day after making these remarks, he drew fire from restrictionist members of his caucus in. the House. He backed off some from his earlier remarks by emphasizing that securing borders and following the existing laws are the necessary first steps. Unfortunately, no one knows how those first steps would be measured.

Many in the Republican Party have been saying that the party must learn how to broaden its appeal, particularly with Latino voters.

In a poll released in November by ABC News and The Washington Post, 57 percent of the respondents support a "path to citizenship for illegal immigrants." Only 39 percent are opposed. The new poll reflects the exit polling conducted of those voting in the presidential election, approximately two-thirds of whom supported offering legal status to undocumented immigrants.

The president thinks that an immigration reform bill will be introduced shortly after his inauguration, saying. …