A much-discussed immigration overhaul is taking a back seat in Washington. Congress is busy considering its options in Syria and the debt ceiling debate returns. Some industry leaders and elected officials in Georgia fear a government shutdown will further delay the issue.
Leaders of a bi-partisan coalition backing immigration reform say businesses need to press Congress on the issue. Speaking at a forum Monday in Atlanta, two former governors of Mississippi and Pennsylvania said that’s because many U.S. companies can’t wait any longer for an immigration overhaul.
A Georgia farmer took part in a Washington roundtable Monday with Pres. Obama about the immigration overhaul under consideration. Blueberry grower Jason Berry represented the views of farmers from Georgia’s largest fruit sector. He's with Dole Berry Co. in Homerville, in southeast Georgia. He was part of a group of business leaders meeting with Obama.
Many Evangelical Christians say they now support an immigration overhaul that would include a path to citizenship for people here illegally. But debate among Georgia evangelicals continues as the U.S. Senate takes up reform legislation.