National Immigration Forum

Practical Solutions for Immigrants and America

Blog & Updates

The Week Ahead April 14-18

April 14, 2014 - Posted by Communications Intern

“I have determined, adding more compassion isn’t going to solve [immigration], doing more justice isn’t going to solve it, only the government can solve this at this point. So for the first time in my ministry, I’ve been writing op-ed pieces in major newspapers, I’ve gone to Washington to visit the offices of Republicans and Democrats. I’ve stood on the Capitol lawn with dozens of others leaders, doing press conferences, asking for our elected officials to come up with comprehensive immigration reform—because it’s their job, it’s why we elected them, it’s their problem to resolve.”

— Senior Pastor Bill Hybels of Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, Ill., during his sermon on Sunday, April 13th


While Legislators Return Home for Recess, Constituents Ramp Up Pressure for a Vote
As members of Congress head home for April recess over the next two weeks, leaders from the faith, law enforcement and business worlds are adding to the call for a vote on immigration reform this year.

Each week, more and more conservative leaders continue to speak out in support of reform that betters our country’s economy, security and moral integrity. While meanwhile, studies continue to show that commonsense reform that includes a pathway to citizenship remains the least divisive issue before Congress today.

Over the next two weeks, Bibles, Badges and Business for Immigration Reform, the Evangelical Immigration Table, the Partnership for a New American Economy,, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce along with other partners, are planning more than 60 recess events in over 40 congressional districts. From public roundtables to private meetings, local conservative faith, law enforcement and business leaders will be calling on their legislators for a #VoteOnReform.

CALENDAR: Please visit our Events page to find this week's immigration-related events.

Summary of immigration legislation introduced and government reports on immigration:

MUST READS: FIVETHIRTYEIGHT: Like Bush, Many Republicans Are Moderate on Immigration
By Nate Silver
April 12, 2014
The Republican Party has grown more conservative over the past couple of decades. But news commentators sometimes wrongly imply that GOP voters take an extremist position on every issue.
As I described on Friday, for example, Jeb Bush’s support of Common Core educational standards isn’t likely to hurt him if he runs for president in 2016; the issue is neither all that relevant to most Republicans nor all that divisive. If candidates running to Bush’s right are looking for a wedge issue, they’ll probably have some better choices.
What about immigration policy, for instance? Bush has staked out a moderate position on immigration, both rhetorically and substantively; last Sunday, he described immigrants who come to the United States illegally looking for work as having committed an “act of love.”
Immigration is a higher visibility issue than education policy. Even so, many Republican voters are sympathetic toward immigrants and immigration reform. Last year, FiveThirtyEight’s Micah Cohen compiled polls on Republican attitudes toward a pathway to citizenship for unauthorized immigrants and found that support varied depending on the requirements. An average of 37 percent of Republicans supported a pathway to citizenship without requirements, while 72 percent supported one if additional conditions, like the payment of back taxes and a criminal background check, were met.
Read more:

POLITICO: Haley Barbour: Jeb Bush stance like Reagan’s
By Lucy McCalmont
April 8, 2014
Former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour defended Jeb Bush’s recent comments that some illegal immigration is an “act of love,” saying it’s very similar to what former President Ronald Reagan thought.
“What people want you to do: Tell the truth,” Barbour said Tuesday at the LBJ Presidential Library’s Civil Rights Summit. “And if Jeb feels that way about it — it sort of reminds me of my boss, Ronald Reagan.”
Barbour, who was an aide in Reagan’s administration described what the president used to call the “gates test” during a panel Tuesday with Democratic San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro.
“Ronald Reagan used to say, ‘When the ‘Blame America first’ crowd gets out of hand, then you need to apply the gates test,’” Barbour said.
The former governor recalled asking what Reagan meant by the gates test and said his reply was: “’The gates test: Drop all the gates everywhere in the world and see which way people run. They run to America.’”
“And that’s what Jeb is saying to me, that this is the place, for good reason,” Barbour said. “And we ought to be proud of it, that when you apply the gates test, that people want to come here.”
“That message has the benefit of being true,” Barbour added. “Whether everybody will take that same tact, that’s neither here nor there. But it’s very similar to what Ronald Reagan thought.”
Read more:

Crossroads Campaign Solutions