Forum in the News
January 30, 2014 - Washington Post
Immigration reform advocates expressed encouragement Thursday at the new set of principles on the issue put forward by House GOP leaders. The principles suggested an openness to legalizing the millions of illegal immigrants currently in the country but did not embrace a new path to citizenship for them. Pro-immigration reform groups generally said they were pleased but also expressed the need for action.
January 30, 2014 - USA Today
Supporters of an overhaul of immigration laws said they were encouraged to see House Republicans get involved in the immigration debate. It's been more than a year since the Senate began working on its bill and seven months since it passed. "This is the first time House leadership has said, 'This is where we're going,' " said Ali Noorani, executive director of the National Immigration Forum, a group that supported the Senate immigration bill. "You cannot overstate House leadership laying out principles for immigration reform that are thoughtful and pragmatic."
January 30, 2014 - MSNBC
CAMBRIDGE, MD – House Republican leaders support an immigration reform package that would provide legal status for many of the nation’s 11.7 million unauthorized immigrants, offer a pathway to citizenship to undocumented youth, bolster border security, and expand legal immigration, according to a draft framework released on Thursday. House Speaker John Boehner unveiled the principles to his caucus in a meeting Thursday at their annual retreat in Cambridge, Md.
January 30, 2014 - Fox News
As the heated topic of comprehensive immigration reform once again rears its head in Washington, some who spend their lives working in the trenches are worried. Those who are immersed in the nation’s immigration courts say lawmakers need to focus on not just the creation of new immigration laws, but also on restructuring courts so they can handle millions of potential new cases being added to a system that’s already bursting at the seams.
January 29, 2014 - Christian Post
Many Christians have called on politicians to work together and make immigration reform a reality. In light of the SOTU, the Evangelical Immigration Table posted an ad addressing House GOP members, announcing that they will be praying for them. "We're encouraged by signs that you will soon move forward with reforms that will fix our country's immigration system," the ad states. "We pray that your principles will lead to meaningful and urgently needed reform."
January 28, 2014 - Politico
The White House appears set in its strategy of maximizing its options within Congress. Immigration reform advocates say White House officials have told them Obama won’t threaten to take unilateral action to cut back detentions and deportation — at least not yet. They remain optimistic that House Republican leaders still want to act on immigration, providing a sliver of hope that Obama can accomplish something big in a year of low expectations of Capitol Hill.
January 21, 2014 - Politico
The immigration reformers that deal directly with the White House remain hopeful the president will take unilateral action if it becomes clear there will be no congressional solution. “As far as I’m concerned, we have the next five months to get something done, and if nothing gets done, it will be an issue that needs to be addressed by the president,” said Eliseo Medina, the longtime union activist who organized the Fast for Families tents outside the Capitol late last year.
January 07, 2014 - VOXXI
Is immigration reform on the 2014 agenda? Despite the packed agenda, supporters of immigration reform say they are hopeful members of Congress will include immigration reform do their to-do list. They say they want Congress to pass immigration reform legislation before the midterm elections in November. Ali Noorani, executive director of the National Immigration Forum, said 2013 was a year when “a strong majority of Americans realized we need a new immigration process.”
January 06, 2014 - National Public Radio
As Congress returns from winter break, Speaker of the House John Boehner has called comprehensive immigration reform a priority. Host Michel Martin talks with immigration policy advocates Mark Krikorian and Ali Noorani about the political prospects for reform this year.
January 06, 2014 - National Public Radio
Mexico native Osiris Hoil overstayed his visa when he came to the U.S. Today, he employs more than 100 people at his restaurant chain District Taco. He's also a U.S. citizen now. Should immigration laws make it easier for people like Hoil to become citizens? Host Michel Martin hears from advocates on both sides of the immigration debate.