Forum in the News
December 03, 2012 - Washington Post
The conservative activists coming to Washington this week for their “national strategy session” plan to host lawmakers from both parties at a breakfast Wednesday before fanning out to meet with House and Senate members. The primary messages will focus on values, including the importance of keeping immigrant families together, and economics, such as the crucial role played by immigrant labor for agriculture and technology businesses.
December 03, 2012 - Politico
This week, the National Immigration Forum is hosting a two-day conference in Washington, bringing together church leaders, moderate business leaders and law enforcement officials in an attempt to draw attention to the larger consensus for action on immigration reform in 2013.
December 02, 2012 - San Francisco Chronicle
Conservative evangelical Christians are a rock-solid part of the GOP political base, so when they talk, Republicans listen. Many have long advocated some kind of reform, but when they gather Tuesday as part of a bipartisan national strategy session sponsored by the National Immigration Forum, they will have the ear of Republican lawmakers as at no time in the past 25 years.
December 01, 2012 - TCPalm
Immigration activist Manuel Guerra Casas does not qualify for deferred action — President Obama's deportation relief for young undocumented immigrants announced this year. But he hopes to push lawmakers to pass comprehensive immigration reform by telling them about his life as an undocumented immigrant. The Port St. Lucie resident will join other immigration rights advocates on Dec. 4 and 5 at an event organized by the nonprofit National Immigration Forum in Washington.
November 30, 2012 - Fox News Latino
Ali Noorani, executive director of the National Immigration Forum, a Washington D.C.-based group that favors more lenient immigration policies, voiced mixed feelings. “We are glad to see that both parties recognize the importance of immigrants and immigration to our country, but we need a more comprehensive approach that also addresses the 11 million undocumented residents currently here,” he said in a statement.
November 27, 2012 - NBC Latino
Katherine Vargas, communications director for the National Immigration Forum, says that without specifically discussing the details of the Achieve Act proposed legislation, “it’s good to see Republicans come to the table on issues of immigration, and it helps keep the debate alive,” she says. Vargas believes, however, that “we need a broad push that addresses the 11 million undocumented immigrants currently here,” and that Congress would be “tone-deaf” to not see this is the mandate from so many Latino voters in the recent election.
November 19, 2012 - Congressional Quarterly
The business wing of the Republican Party has long favored an overhaul of the nation’s immigration system that would allow more workers to come to the United States. But companies have been unable to persuade Republicans in Congress to go along. Efforts to change that are under way.
November 15, 2012 - Boston Inno
With immigration reform suddenly a possibility thanks to the recent election, Noorani took the stage and asked the TechStars audience to join the push for comprehensive immigration reform in Congress. The strategy? Bibles, badges, and business.
November 14, 2012 - ABC News/Univision
President Barack Obama expects that an immigration reform bill will be introduced shortly after his inauguration, saying Wednesday that "we need to seize the moment" and tackle the issue. "Based on the president's statement today, it is increasing clear that immigration reform should be the first bipartisan legislative priority in 2013," Ali Noorani, executive director of the National Immigration Forum, said in a statement.
November 14, 2012 - Politico
Obama was far more willing to engage with reporters on the issue of immigration reform. And he underscored Republicans' heavy losses among Latinos last week while pledging to "seize the moment." "The timeline is more important. We need immigration reform to be the first legislative priority, and it's encouraging to hear a firm and specific commitment from the president on this. Then we'll get to language," said Ali Noorani of the National Immigration Forum.