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Former Indianapolis Mayor Signs Indiana Compact

March 22, 2011

Contact:  Mike Murphy 317-414-0964
         Kathryn Williams 317-946-6493

                                      Former Indianapolis Mayor Signs Indiana Compact
                                                  William Hudnut Urges Rational Debate

Former Indianapolis Mayor William Hudnut today signed the Indiana Compact.  The Compact is a statement of five principles developed by the Alliance for Immigration Reform in Indiana (AIRI),  that is intended to guide debate on immigration policy in Indiana.
“Our debate on immigration should be civil and respectful of all parties, keeping in mind federal law and the U.S. Constitution,” said Hudnut.   “The Indiana Compact offers guiding principles for rational debate.  I hope it carries the day.” 

Hudnut served as Mayor of Indianapolis from 1976-1992, where he is credited with re-shaping the future of the city through its drive to become the amateur sports capital of the world.  He became a legendary cheerleader for the city, and is known as a visionary urban planner.  He also represented Indianapolis in Congress from 1973-1975.  Hudnut is now an urban planning consultant in Washington, D.C.

AIRI is an alliance of business and academic leaders, faith-based and social services organizations that formed in 2009 to bring a calm, objective perspective to discussion of immigration. 

Members of AIRI include the Indiana Chamber of Commerce, the Indiana Manufacturers’ Association, the Indiana Builders’ Association, the Indiana Bankers’ Association, the Indiana Hospitality and Lodging Association, the Indiana Farm Bureau, the Indiana Catholic Conference, and the Jewish Community Council.

“Former Mayor Hudnut’s endorsement of the Indiana Compact reflects the same leadership he brought to Indianapolis for so many years,” said Kathryn Williams, co-chair of AIRI.  “Hudnut joins other visionary leaders like Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller, in recognizing that immigration is a federal issue that individual states cannot solve on their own.”

The Indiana Compact simply declares:

FEDERAL SOLUTIONS:  Immigration is a federal policy issue between the U.S. government and other countries—not Indiana and other countries. We urge Indiana’s Congressional delegation, and others, to lead efforts to strengthen and reform federal laws. We recognize that border security is a critical element of national security, and further urge our Congressional representatives to work to protect the borders as part of a comprehensive immigration policy.

LAW ENFORCEMENT:  We respect the rule of law and support law enforcement’s professional judgment and discretion. Local law enforcement resources should focus on criminal activities, not civil violations of federal code.

FAMILIES:  Strong families are the foundation of successful communities. We oppose policies that unnecessarily separate families. We champion policies that support families and improve the health, education and well-being of all Indiana children.

ECONOMY:  Indiana is best served by an economy that maximizes individual freedom and opportunity. We acknowledge the economic role immigrants play as workers and taxpayers. Indiana’s immigration policies must reaffirm our global reputation as a welcoming and business-friendly state.

A FREE SOCIETY:  Immigrants are integrated into communities across Indiana. We must adopt a humane approach to this reality, reflecting our unique culture, history and spirit of inclusion. The way we treat immigrants will say more about us as a free society and less about our immigrant neighbors. Indiana should always be a place that welcomes people of goodwill.

For more information on the Indiana Compact, please visit


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