Forum in the News
February 11, 2013 - Dallas Morning News
The president of the Texas Association of Businesses has added his voice to a chorus calling on the country’s Republicans to support comprehensive immigration reform. Bill Hammond teamed up Monday with a loose coalition of religious leaders, law enforcement and businesses named “Bibles, Badges and Business for Immigration Reform.” The group – an effort of the National Immigration Forum – calls on conservative lawmakers to work with their Democratic counterparts on a permanent reform of the immigration system.
February 11, 2013 - Austin American-Statesman
Brad Bailey is a co-founder of Texas Immigration Solution, a nonprofit conservative group formed in 2012 that is joining with the Texas Association of Business and National Immigration Forum to host Wednesday’s Texas Summit on immigration reform at First Baptist Church of Austin, 901 Trinity St. Groups represented at the conference will urge Texas’ congressional delegation to support broad immigration reform, Bailey said.
February 08, 2013 - Tampa Bay Times
I was a stranger and you invited me in. Evangelicals nationwide are turning their Bibles to Matthew 25:35 and praying that Congress is listening to those words — part of a highly coordinated effort to spur progress on the long unresolved and contentious issue of immigration.
February 07, 2013 - Washington Post
Another coalition — composed of religious, law enforcement and business officials — will hold a panel discussion in Austin on Wednesday. The event will feature Barrett Duke, vice president of the Southern Baptist Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, and Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform, both of whom support immigration reform. The Texas Association of Business also will take part, said Ali Noorani, executive director of the National Immigration Forum, which is coordinating the coalition that uses the motto “bibles, badges and business.”
February 06, 2013 - Politico
The usual suspects pushing immigration reform have a new ally in the fight this time — the religious right. Christian conservatives, who stayed on the sidelines in 2006 or opposed reform outright, have sprung into action for the cause. The efforts have dramatically changed the dynamics of the debate, so much so that Republicans anxious to vote yes on a deal might have the political cover to do it.
February 06, 2013 - Miami Herald
An underclass of immigrants without a path to citizenship would alienate millions of people, and increase social tensions. France, which has millions of Muslim immigrants who are not eligible for citizenship, has suffered violent riots by alienated youths in recent years, critics say. “When you don’t allow people to blend into society, like in France, you take the country down the path of a bifurcated society,” says Ali Noorani, head of the National Immigration Forum, a pro-immigration advocacy group. “That weakens the country in the long run.”
February 05, 2013 - Wall Street Journal
In his meeting with immigration advocates on Tuesday, President Barack Obama defended his decision to recommend that immigrants who immediately gain legal status remain ineligible for subsidies under the 2010 health care law, saying Democrats need to pick their fights carefully, according to a participant in the meeting. Under the White House framework, many of the estimated 11 million people in the country illegally would gain legal status, but would have a longer path to citizenship.
February 03, 2013 - USA Today
On Jan. 28, Schumer and Rubio stood together at a news conference and pitched a plan to provide some of the 11 million illegal immigrants a path to citizenship contingent on tougher border security measures. Many hurdles remain, but lawmakers and immigration advocates say the momentum to overhaul the system is the strongest it's been in a generation, thanks in part to the broad bipartisan coalition behind it.
February 02, 2013 - ABC NEWS
In the brewing battle over a path to citizenship for the nation's 11 million undocumented immigrants, Fox News Channel is uniquely positioned to play a make-or-break role. The question is, will it? Advocates on both sides of a proposed U.S. immigration overhaul are closely eyeing the nation's most-watched cable news network -- and megaphone -- for politically-conservative causes as it joins a rapidly escalating national debate.
February 01, 2013 - Voxxi
As the immigration reform debate grows, national Latino organizations are placed in the middle of the debate likely to confront challenges as the details become more concrete.Two proposals were unveiled within the same week by a bipartisan group of Senators dubbed the “Gang of Eight” and president Barack Obama. While both the White House and the Senators have attempted to dampen concerns that these are similar principles, others have foreshadowed incoming roadblocks.