Amid the national debate about immigration and what to do following the mass shooting in El Paso and Ohio, organizers of a summit coming up in Austin hope to “go beyond the soundbites and discuss how Texans can continue to lead the way toward a better conversation on immigration.”
The event will be August 15 from 9:30am to 3:30pm at the Austin Stone Community Church.
“Our hearts break for those who lost their lives as well as for their grieving families, in El Paso and Dayton,” said one of the organizers, Brenda Kirk, who’s the South Central Mobilizer for Bibles Badges and Business / Evangelical Immigration Table. “We join hands across the United States and especially in Texas, to stand together, to combat fear and hatred with unity, respect, and compassion towards our neighbors.”
Bibles Badges & Business leaders from across Texas will meet to explore the nuances of the immigration debate, per Kirk. “We look to explore options for a rational immigration system that honors American and Texan values, while also addressing key questions regarding security, economy, and culture,” she said.
Discussions will include:
Ali Noorani, Executive Director, National Immigration Forum
Jeff Moseley, CEO, Texas Association of Business
Travis Wussow, VP for Public Policy & General Counsel, Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission SBC
Chief Andy Harvey, Palestine Police Department
Loren Steffy, Executive Producer, Rational Middle Media
Dr. David Smith, Director of Missions, Austin Baptist Association
Laura Goldberg, VP of Strategic Initiatives and Communications, Center for Houston's Future
Matthew Soerens, U.S. Director of Church Mobilization, World Relief
You can register for the event by clicking here.