INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) —The Indianapolis Motor Speedway attracts visitors from all over the world, and that’s one reason why some people who want immigration reform are taking their message to the track this weekend.
With the speed of the Indianapolis 500 on display, race fans will be reminded of how slowly Congress can act.
“We really want and need Congress to stand up and take action,” said Angela Smith-Jones of the Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce, “and implement comprehensive immigration reform.”
That’s the message behind an ad that will appear on video boards at the track. It features an Illinois sheriff delivering a relatively simple message.
“We need to solve this challenge now,” says Sheriff Mark Curran. “No more excuses. No more waiting.”
It’s a variation on the message that the President has been sending since early in the year. He wants the House of Representatives to act on a comprehensive immigration bill passed by the Senate.
“I’m not running for office again,” said Barack Obama in February. “I just believe this is the right thing to do.”
But GOP leaders in Congress say they won’t talk about comprehensive reform until the borders are secure.
“This is not one of those issues where it has some kind of a deadline behind it,” said Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin,) “like say a government shutdown which forces us into a compromise we might not like to take.”
The ads were purchased by a coalition of church leaders, law enforcement officers, and corporate types who call themselves Bibles, Badges and Business.
“We all come from a slightly different perspective,” said Smith-Jones, “but we all feel that our immigration system is antiquated, and broken, and needs to be fixed by Congress.”
The immigration reform ads cost $88,000. They will appear on video boards at the track four times an hour, 12 hours a day for the rest of the weekend.