Forum in the News
February 20, 2013 - Dallas Morning News
After years of silence and even hostility to modifying immigration laws, conservative evangelical Christians have become unlikely allies in pressing for a path to citizenship for those here illegally because, they say, the Bible told them so. A coalition of religious leaders in Texas and elsewhere, many with strong credentials as social conservatives, is engaging congregations in a coordinated call for Congress and the White House to deal with 11 million illegal immigrants.
February 19, 2013 - Huffington Post
A coalition of human rights groups and labor organizations will band together to push for a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, starting this week with events in eight states and continuing with a bus tour to 80 cities and a march on Washington, D.C. The group, called Alliance for Citizenship, is aligned with 24 others, including the Service Employees International Union, National Council of La Raza, Church World Service, Center for Community Change, National Immigration Forum, AFL-CIO labor federation and Southern Poverty Law Center.
February 19, 2013 - Brownsville Herald
Regional groups seeking immigration reform hope any policy decisions and legislation will exclude what they call “harsh border enforcement policies.” Astrid Dominguez, a border rights fellow with the American Civil Liberties Union of Texas and the Rio Grande Valley Equal Voice Network, said Tuesday that Operation Streamline, a policy launched by the Bush administration, should be halted.
February 17, 2013 - San Antonio Express-News
A White House plan to allow undocumented immigrants to become permanent residents in eight years and apply for citizenship was defended Sunday by Democrats after a leading Republican declared the proposal “dead on arrival.” A draft of the White House plan reflects principles President Barack Obama laid out in a Las Vegas speech and in his State of the Union address last week.
February 16, 2013 - Associated Press
The White House is circulating a draft immigration bill that would create a new visa for illegal immigrants living in the United States and allow them to become legal permanent residents within eight years, according to a report published online Saturday by USA Today. Ali Noorani, executive director of the National Immigration Forum, described the draft bill as a "very moderate" proposal. While the path to citizenship was welcomed by Noorani, he said not enough attention was being paid to future immigration.
February 15, 2013 - National Journal
A coalition of immigration-advocacy groups is calling on Congress to invest more in U.S. citizenship services, a movement that comes after a study commissioned by the National Partnership for New Americans found that the $680 naturalization fee has become a significant barrier to citizenship for legal permanent residents. More than 90 percent of LPRs want to naturalize, but a quarter of them cite cost as the main reason why they haven’t applied.
February 13, 2013 - Austin American-Statesman
Leaders of faith, business and law enforcement groups Wednesday urged fellow conservatives in Austin to get behind their budding “Bibles, badges and business” coalition and push for broad immigration law reforms. “The game is changing, and it’s starting here in Texas,” Brad Bailey, head of the Texas Immigration Solution, told the Texas Summit on immigration.
February 13, 2013 - Dallas Morning News
Anti-tax advocate Grover Norquist said Wednesday that Texas can play a big role in immigration overhaul by pressing a solution that conservatives will trust and moderates can embrace. “Texas is a voice on making sure the center-right movement — conservatives, Republicans, Americans — are seen properly on this issue,” Norquist told a conference sponsored by a coalition of religious, business and law officer organizations.
February 13, 2013 - Daily Beast
In his State of the Union address, the president backed away from policy prescriptions and used GOP rhetoric on immigration. He—and the lawmakers key to legislative success—know now’s the time to push a reform deal through. President Obama is at a moment of maximum political leverage. But for all the bipartisan framing of his State of the Union speech, the basic fact of divided government makes legislative progress difficult.
February 12, 2013 - New York Times
Silicon Valley executives, who have long pressed the government to provide more visas for foreign-born math and science brains, are joining forces with an array of immigration groups seeking comprehensive changes in the law. And as momentum builds in Washington for a broad revamping, the tech industry has more hope than ever that it will finally achieve its goal: the expanded access to visas that it says is critical to its own continued growth and that of the economy as a whole.