Ohio State Speaker of House of Representatives Robert Cupp has promised to look into the issue of funding the Ohio New Africans Immigrant Commission, NAIC if brought to the House for consideration.
The Commission which was established in April 7, 2007 but formally “commissioned” with 11 members in September 29, 2013 has operated without appropriation of funding or right to seek funding as a non-profit agency.
“I am not familiar with that issue. I was not a legislator when it was created in 2009. If there is an issue I will be more than happy to look at it,” said Speaker Robert Cupp during a chat with members of the Ohio Legislative Correspondents Association, OLCA.
Also at the event, the Chairman of Finance Committee, Representative Scott Oelslager said, “this is the first time it is brought to my attention.”
Meanwhile, sources close to the New Africans Immigrant Commission said a bill has been introduced in the Ohio Senate to address the problems of the Commission while some members of the House of the Representatives were also working to achieve the same goal.
On immigration, Speaker Cupp said, “most of us are immigrants. We understand the value of immigration and what immigrants have done for our country, and of course, legal immigrants are welcome here. We want them to come to our country and be productive citizens and cherish our democratic values.”