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Business owners emerge as vocal force in pro-immigration debate

February 22, 2013 - Los Angeles Times

Having business owners involved in negotiations might also help quiet some of the opposition that contributed to the derailment of immigration reform in 2007, when anti-immigration callers overwhelmed and shut down the Senate switchboard. "In order to get the votes we need, we have to think about who can move House Republicans — and business is a big part of that," said Ali Noorani, executive director of the National Immigration Forum, which brings together different factions on immigration, including business and labor.

More than half of Congress has never debated immigration reform

February 21, 2013 - The Hill

More than half of Congress has turned over since the last time the House and Senate tried to move legislation to overhaul the nation's immigration laws. The high turnover rate bolsters the argument of Republican leaders, who say Congress must move methodically on immigration. President Obama, meanwhile, has pushed for swift passage of a bill, saying lawmakers have long debated the issue.

Behind-the-scenes deal pushes immigration reform closer to reality

February 21, 2013 - Christian Science Monitor

A compromise agreement announced Thursday between the nation’s largest labor union and the top advocate for American business underscores the enormous momentum now behind immigration reform. The agreement touches on what was seen to be potentially one of the biggest stumbling blocks in the immigration reform debate – namely, how the country should handle the flow of low-skilled, temporary foreign workers.

Conservative evangelical Christians sign on for immigration overhaul pitch

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.

Citizenship Campaign Launches To Push For Swift Reform

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.

Coalition makes plea to end Operation Streamline

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.

Democrats back leaked immigration plan

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.

Obama Immigration Plan Would Set 8-Year Path To Residency

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.

Could Naturalizing All Eligible Immigrants Push Our GDP to $52B?

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.

Conservatives at Austin summit push ‘Bibles, badges and business’ in immigration reform

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.

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