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“Conservatives among those flying in to DC calling for immigration reform”

Activists from Utah and elsewhere are descending on the U.S. Capitol Tuesday to pressure lawmakers to restart the national debate on immigration reform.(Leading candidate Stan Lockhart (above) speaks to delegates prior to their vote. Utah Republicans gathered Saturday at the South Towne Expo Center to pick a new party chairman. Mixed in with the Latino youths and the Catholic priests are people such as Stan Lockhart, a former chairman of the Utah Republican Party, who called reform "a moral issue." "Our country is a nation of immigrants," he said, "and we need to fix a broken system that is de facto amnesty."

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“Business-Conservative Coalition Presses for Immigration Overhaul: ‘Do It Now’”

Heading to Washington to spend Tuesday urging House Republicans to take up a broad immigration overhaul, the team of Utah business leaders buttonholed several members of their state’s congressional delegation — Senators Orrin Hatch and Mike Lee, both Republicans, and Representatives Jim Matheson, a Democrat, and Chris Stewart, a Republican — as the lawmakers waited to board their flight Monday at the Salt Lake City airport. “Our plea is to act now, do it now, lead,” Stan Lockhart, a former chairman of the Utah Republican Party, said Tuesday in an interview as he explained the group’s basic pitch. “Ask House leadership to lead, and let’s pass what’s possible now.”

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“Conservative Ohio Leaders Push Immigration Reform in Washington”

Conservative leaders from Ohio are headed to Washington this week to lobby for immigration reform in a collaboration between businesses, evangelicals, and law enforcement. Twenty Ohio leaders are among the hundreds who have meetings set with House Republicans Tuesday. While the Senate passed a comprehensive bill earlier this year, the House has yet to bring a bill to the floor. Carl Ruby is a retired professor from Cedarville University, and he recently got involved in immigration activism as a leader of the Bibles, Badges and Business network, one of the groups sponsoring the lobbying event. He says many Ohio businesses, among them dairy farms, have a stake in a new immigration system.

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“Top Texas conservatives urge immigration reform”

Top Texas business and religious leaders are flying to Washington to meet with the state's congressional delegation and hammer home how vital major immigration reform is to a healthy economy. The delegation includes Bill Hammond, president of the powerful Texas Association of Business. Also going is Vice President of the Texas Federation of Republican Women Kim Chambers. The group will be in Washington on Monday and Tuesday to stress the "economic imperative" of meaningful immigration reform.

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“Business, Faith and Silicon Valley Leaders to Pepper House on Immigration”

Conservative business leaders, evangelicals and tech giants will descend on Washington Tuesday to make yet another plea with the House of Representatives — pass immigration reform. "This is a last ditch effort to get something done," says Brad Bailey, a restaurant owner in Texas and founder of Texas Immigration Solution, who is coming to Washington for the event. "We are further along [in immigration reform] than we have ever been in the past."

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