Organizers of a town hall meeting on immigration reform June 15 in Kansas City, Kan., have invited U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., to attend.
But, said one organizer on Thursday, June 13, they are still waiting to hear if he will attend. Also invited to the prayer vigil and town hall meeting at 1 p.m. June 15 at Trinity Community Church, 5010 Parallel Parkway, was U.S. Rep. Kevin Yoder, R-3rd Dist., and organizers had not heard yet that he would attend.
The Advocates for Immigrant Rights and Reconciliation, one of the sponsors of the meeting, are not quite sure of where Moran stands on immigration reform, according to Amber Versola, a community organizer helping to put the meeting together.
Versola said the sponsoring organizations were hoping to open a dialogue between Moran and constituents on the issue.
Moran in a news release today stated he was backing an amendment to the "Gang of Eight" immigration bill to clarify that jobs created by immigrant entrepreneurs would be held by Americans; would reduce paperwork and reporting requirements so entrepreneurs could focus on building and growing their businesses; would allow entrepreneurs' family members to invest in their startup company; and would add flexibility to startup employee compensation to account for geographic and industry differences.
Also sponsoring the town hall meeting June 15 are the Metropolitan Organization for Racial and Economic Equity (MORE2) and Sunflower Community Action. The organizers support a path to citizenship for undocumented persons, and also support families being kept intact.
"Comprehensive Immigration Reform, as set out in SB 744 is a way to protect Kansas values and protect Kansas families,” said Angela Ferguson, member of AIRR and More2, in a news release. Father Livio of Hispanic Ministries for the Catholic archdiocese is supportive of immigration reform “as a way to bring about reconciliation with our biblical values and the rule of law. It is important to love our neighbors and provide hospitality, as that is a basic principle of all major religions, and that is why we are calling on our government to pass comprehensive immigration reform, to reconcile these principles with the laws of our land.”
Versola said members of many area churches are planning to attend this event, which is open to the public, and attendance of hundreds of people is possible.