Forum in the News
June 09, 2013 - USA Today
The decision of a key Republican to abandon the bipartisan House effort to write a bill on immigration because of worries about health care costs is raising concerns among advocates that the economics of the measure may become critical to passage. The Senate was scheduled to vote late Monday on allowing the immigration bill to proceed for full debate, which could start as early as Tuesday.
June 07, 2013 - MSNBC
Chris Hayes discusses comprehensive immigration reform with Lorella Praeli and Ali Noorani.
June 07, 2013 - National Journal
Unlikely to overturn Obama's popular deportation policy, House Republicans and Gov. Scott are seeking to rebuke a president viewed as overstepping his authority. But the actions aimed at perhaps the most sympathetic immigrant group—people brought to this country illegally as children—could undermine the GOP's high-profile, multimillion-dollar investment in Hispanic outreach and recruitment in the wake of the 2012 election.
June 06, 2013 - Arizona Republic
The radio ad opens with Valley megachurch Pastor Don Wilson declaring that “Christians should be known for their love,” while soothing guitar music plays in the background. But the ad’s religious tone quickly segues into the thorny political issue of immigration reform, with Wilson imploring evangelicals to join a movement that asks political leaders to support changes rooted in biblical values. Those values, Wilson intones, respect the rule of law, protect family unity, guarantee secure borders, ensure fairness to taxpayers and, finally, “establish a path toward citizenship” for the 11 million immigrants living in the U.S. illegally.
June 05, 2013 - Tampa Bay Times
Sen. Marco Rubio has for months positioned himself as the focus of the immigration debate, the reason why a bill has gotten as far as it has. But now he's managed to create an aura of mystery: Is he on board or not? "I can understand the value of being hard to pin down," said Ali Noorani, executive director of the National Immigration Forum. "But Sen. Rubio is at his best when he has a clear strategy on how he is going to build consensus. You can't build consensus in one place and then go around the corner and try to undermine it."
June 01, 2013 - Miami Herald
Like many immigrants, I came to the United States dreaming of opportunity and the chance to become an American citizen. Unlike many immigrants, I can thank my employer for helping me realize both of these dreams. Thanks to The Bethlehem Project, the InterContinental Miami and other businesses are offering free help with citizenship applications for workers who are eligible.
May 28, 2013 - Huffington Post
Immigration reform is the hot topic on Capitol Hill these days, but some businesses are ahead of the curve. In Miami, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C., these trailblazers are helping their eligible employees become citizens and fully participate in our society. Thanks to the Bethlehem Project, legal permanent residents who are key parts of our workforce are getting an assist as they pursue their dreams of becoming full-fledged Americans.
May 25, 2013 - South Florida Business Journal
The Miami hospitality industry has long been a champion of hospitality and driver of employment, and we now have a prime opportunity to show a whole new kind of hospitality: by supporting our employees who aspire to become American citizens. Several of our local hotels and the Greater Miami & the Beaches Hotel Association have joined The Bethlehem Project, a chance to be hospitality ambassadors within our community.
May 19, 2013 - Dallas Morning News
Even if the Senate passes an immigration bill currently before one of its committees, the legislation will face serious roadblocks in the House. But immigration advocates aren’t giving up hope. They say the House will have to confront the issue of immigrants already in the country illegally. “In order for immigration reform to pass, both parties have to own the solution,” said Ali Noorani, executive director of the National Immigration Forum, a policy group that supports a path to citizenship.
May 17, 2013 - The Guardian
Hopes that America's 11 million undocumented migrants might be granted a pathway to US citizenship have risen significantly after a bipartisan group of politicians in the House of Representatives reached a tentative deal on reforming the country's immigration laws. Though details of the proposals are yet to be disclosed, they are understood to broadly echo those enshrined in the Senate bill, with a pathway to citizenship coupled with a toughening of security at the Mexican border.