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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.
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.
March 24, 2013 - New York Daily News
According to the National Immigration Forum, the cost of keeping immigrants in jail is about $164 per day, per person. Meanwhile, immigrants under supervised release — like the more than 2,000 freed by ICE — cost the government from 30 cents to $14 a day, saving taxpayers many millions of dollars. Obviously for ICE to free all non-dangerous detainees and allow them to return to their families and communities makes a lot of sense. For budgetary reasons and, more important, for moral ones.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.