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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.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement released 2,000 detained immigrants for all the wrong reasons

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.

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.

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