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Immigration — five things to watch for

April 16, 2013 - The Hill

The size and cost of a long-awaited immigration reform bill scheduled to be introduced on Tuesday are among its most eagerly anticipated details. The bill from a group of eight senators from both parties is expected to be large and costly, and how it deals with border security and a path to citizenship for immigrants in the country illegally will be among the keys to whether it becomes law.

Immigration Reform 2013: Even Conservative Super PACs Are Pushing Congress For a Deal

April 10, 2013 - Policy Mic

As immigration reform increasingly becomes Washington’s new cup of tea — and for many, apolitically helpful move for re-election — the impetus for concrete, comprehensive compromise can be seen even from conservative groups, who have, in the past, been strong opponents of parts of the very immigration policy currently on the table. In 2013, now even conservative super PACs are pushing members to strike a deal and battling other conservative critics of immigration reform, a good sign for those hopeful to see a deal cut in the next month.

Evangelicals Push Immigration Path

April 08, 2013 - Wall Street Journal

Supporters of an immigration overhaul hope the grass-roots movement by evangelical Christians, which has included meetings with local GOP leaders, will help swing the debate. "Republican lawmakers take guidance from evangelical America on social policy issues," said Ali Noorani, head of the National Immigration Forum, an advocacy organization. "That evangelicals have taken on immigration bodes well for passage of comprehensive reform."

Evangelical pastors push immigration overhaul

April 06, 2013 - Palm Beach Post

Ali Noorani, executive director of the National Immigration Forum, a Washington-based non-profit that favors immigration reform, says white evangelicals are a large contingent in the Republican Party base and they have seen their congregations swell with Latinos in recent years. “Traditional American evangelicals have gotten to know the Hispanics on the other side of the church,” he says. “They not only share beliefs, but evangelical America has come to see the fight for immigration reform as its own fight.”

Conservative groups back immigration reform

April 05, 2013 - Politico

High-profile conservative groups are taking on an unexpected cause: passing immigration reform. A diverse mix of the Washington consultant class is cutting TV ads, revving up the grassroots and advising lawmakers on messaging and strategy in hopes of getting a bill across the finish line this year. The surprising effort is a new element to the immigration debate — and one that could influence Republican lawmakers reluctant to support the cause.

Conservative coalition supports rollback of immigrant tuition ban

April 03, 2013 - Lebanon Reporter

Supporters of a national coalition of conservative clergy, law enforcement and business leaders are calling on Indiana lawmakers to roll back the state’s ban on in-state college tuition for the children of immigrants who came here illegally. The ban was put into place two years ago, as Republicans in the Indiana Statehouse were pushing a massive anti-immigration bill that has since been partially struck down.

Why Ted Cruz Is Holding Out on Immigration Reform

April 02, 2013 - ABC/Univision News

"I think it's really important for the Tea Party movement, and conservatives in general, for them to be in lockstep on this issue," said Ali Noorani, executive director of the National Immigration Forum, which has worked to attract conservative support for immigration reform. Despite Cruz's staunch opposition to a path to citizenship, Noorani believes Cruz could eventually be convinced to support a bill that would permit undocumented immigrants to seek citizenship.

Rubio among senators working on immigration, but he also stands apart

March 31, 2013 - Washington Post

Ali Noorani, director of the National Immigration Forum, a coalition of business, law enforcement and religious leaders, said Rubio’s public posture is tentative because, as a leading GOP voice, he has “to lead his folks but can’t get too far ahead of them.” That said, Noorani added, if the legislative process gets bogged down, the bill will “die on the vine.”

Senators tour Mexico border before finalizing immigration reform bill

March 27, 2013 - Voxxi

Several U.S. senators who are negotiating the final details of immigration reform legislation toured the U.S.-Mexico border on Wednesday to take a close look at some of the border security concerns. Ali Noorani, executive director of the National Immigration Forum, noted Wednesday that the U.S. has already met or surpassed most border security benchmarks that the Senate came up with during immigration reform debates in 2007.

Sequestration Seen Bullish for Prison Companies Amid Cuts

March 27, 2013 - Bloomberg

Some immigrant advocates said that taxpayer dollars should be directed to supporting monitoring methods, such as ankle bracelets, instead of funding profit-making detention centers. “It’s a real tragedy, both a human tragedy and a fiscal tragedy, that the private prison industry has been profiting off a broken immigration system,” said Ali Noorani, the executive director of National Immigration Forum, a Washington-based immigrant advocacy group.

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