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Minnesota evangelicals, business leaders press for immigration reform

March 22, 2013 - Minneapolis Star Tribune

Two traditional pillars of Minnesota’s Republican base, evangelicals and business leaders, are launching campaigns to push the state’s conservative members of Congress to back more liberal immigration laws. The efforts call for creating a path to citizenship for most of the nation’s estimated 11 million illegal immigrants, an issue that has long divided Democrats and Republicans.

Next step for immigration reform: Give detained migrants legal counsel

March 22, 2013 - Christian Science Monitor

Congress is off to an optimistic though rancorous start on comprehensive immigration reform. Advocates across the political spectrum recognize the need to address the arcane and often incomprehensible set of rules that govern legal and illegal immigration in the United States. We must also continue to honor our treasured commitment to refugee protection.

Seeking a Bigger Audience, Tea-Party Hero Embraces Immigration Reform

March 20, 2013 - National Journal

On Tuesday, Sen. Rand Paul threw his support behind legalizing the millions of undocumented immigrants in the U.S., signaling his determination to expand his following beyond the tea party movement as he positions himself for a 2016 presidential campaign. Just two years ago, Paul was pushing to end birthright citizenship for the children of illegal immigrants.

Republicans’ Immigration ‘Pathway’ Dance

March 19, 2013 - ABC News

In a debate filled with buzzwords that double as landmines, Republicans’ still-emerging efforts to grapple with immigration reform are dancing around the issue that may be the linchpin in Congress this year: whether undocumented immigrants should be allowed to achieve citizenship. Today, tea party favorite Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., became the latest prominent Republican to confuse the immigration conversation by avoiding specific language on citizenship — perhaps by design.

State aids immigrants with free service centers

March 18, 2013 - New York World

Mark Falzone, deputy director of the National Immigration Forum in Washington, D.C., said the Office for New Americans could take on a more significant role if comprehensive immigration reform comes out of the capital after its expected introduction to the House and Senate this spring. “Once that happens, these centers are going to be crucial,” Falzone said. “The government is making a good move by doing it proactively, because obviously the demand for these centers will increase if the bill passes.”

Obama administration acknowledges thousands of illegal immigrants released from jails

March 14, 2013 - Associated Press

The director of U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement, John Morton, said his agency had released 2,228 illegal immigrants during that period for what he called "solely budgetary reasons." The figure was significantly higher than the "few hundred" immigrants the Obama administration had publicly acknowledged were released under the budget-savings process. He testified during a hearing by a House appropriations subcommittee.

Immigration officials admit releasing thousands of detainees

March 14, 2013 - Los Angeles Times

Immigration officials acknowledged Thursday that they had released 2,228 illegal immigrants from detention in February and early March, not several hundred as they previously had announced, in an effort to reduce spending in advance of mandatory budget cuts. John Morton, director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, told a House subcommittee hearing that four of those discharged were rearrested after agents discovered they had violent criminal records.

Higher Education Leaders Join Immigration Reform Coalition

March 13, 2013 - Diverse Education Blog

In recent years, immigrant rights organizations, students and social activists have called on U.S. higher education institutions to get behind state and federal legislative measures, such as the DREAM Act and comprehensive immigration reform. While legislative action on immigration reform policies has been very limited, colleges and university campuses at least proved to be friendly places for discussion among those debating and advocating reform.

An Immigration Hawk Strikes a New Tone in the House

March 13, 2013 - ABC NEWS/UNIVISION

"I think that Chairman Goodlatte is engaging in an intellectually honest process to arrive at a position on immigration reform, but also bringing his colleagues along with him," said Ali Noorani. "Gone are the days of Steve King and Tom Tancredo throwing lightning bolts from the dais."

What Does A ‘Real’ Path To Citizenship Even Look Like?

March 12, 2013 - Talking Points Memo

Ali Noorani, executive director of the National Immigration Forum, told TPM in an interview that the exact number of years was less crucial than revamping the visa system so it can evaluate millions of newly legalized immigrants without running into the same huge backlogs it suffers from now. “The fact is, there is no road to citizenship for the undocumented now, so you have to build it,” Noorani said. “But like you would build any road, you have to make sure it’s high quality.”


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