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O.C. churches give fresh fuel to immigration reform

January 30, 2013 - Orange County Register

Five years ago, a group of local evangelical Christian pastors and other faith leaders quietly gathered over breakfast at a Costa Mesa church to talk about an issue many of them had long avoided: immigration. The coalition that emerged from that 2008 breakfast, which now numbers 50 evangelical congregations across Orange County, went on to become a national leader in a renewed and, following last year's presidential election, increasingly successful campaign to overhaul America's immigration policies.

Pro-Immigration Reform Groups Praise McCain, Rubio

January 29, 2013 - U.S. News & World Report

Pro-immigration reform groups are embracing the conservative leadership of Sens. John McCain and Marco Rubio, despite their past criticisms of proposals similar to the one they backed Monday in hopes that this time, things will be different. Ali Noorani, executive director of the National Immigration Forum, says the national Republican Party is now ready to embrace McCain's longtime support for a comprehensive approach, which would strengthen border security but also allow for a guest worker program and provide a path toward citizenship for some illegal immigrants.

New Immigration Process Must Include Road to Citizenship

January 29, 2013 - Fox News Latino

As Congress turns its attention to immigration reform, leaders across the political spectrum recognize that a new immigration process must include a road to legal status for otherwise law-abiding, taxpaying aspiring Americans who now lack documentation. But some hesitate or hedge on the question of whether these new Americans should have a clear path to citizenship or to something lawful-but-less.

Obama’s Odd New Pals on Immigration

January 29, 2013 - Daily Beast

After repeated failures at the federal level, comprehensive immigration reform finally looks like a real possibility this year. And that’s because a broad bipartisan coalition has been built in the Senate, motivated by both self-interest and national interest. Obama’s unexpected ally in this effort is the evangelical community—part of an emerging conservative coalition in favor of immigration reform that supporters describe as “the Bible, the badge, and business.”

Broad Coalition Prods for Action on Immigration

January 28, 2013 - Roll Call

In a week that began with a bipartisan collection of senators unveiling a blueprint for a comprehensive bill and continues Tuesday with an address by President Barack Obama, advocates for a sweeping update of immigration laws say they will take advantage of elected officials’ posturing to press for an outcome this year.

Path to citizenship proposed in bipartisan immigration plan

January 28, 2013 - Reuters

A group of Senate Democrats and Republicans agreed to an immigration law overhaul that sets a path to citizenship for millions of illegal immigrants in the United States, boosting hopes of Hispanics who have seen little progress in more than five years. Advocates noted that this time, the climate was ripe for immigration reform. "Conservatives, law enforcers and businesses are calling for immigration reform. You did not see that in 2007," said Ali Noorani, the executive director with the National Immigration Forum advocacy group.

Broad Coalition Prods for Action on Immigration

January 28, 2013 - Roll Call

In a week that began with a bipartisan collection of senators unveiling a blueprint for a comprehensive bill and continues Tuesday with an address by President Barack Obama, advocates for a sweeping update of immigration laws say they will take advantage of elected officials’ posturing to press for an outcome this year.

Sources: Congressional Hispanic Caucus members urged Obama not to unveil immigration bill

January 28, 2013 - CNN.com

Some senior Democratic members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus used a private White House meeting Friday to urge President Obama not to unveil his own immigration legislation, for fear of blowing up delicate bipartisan talks, Democratic sources tell CNN. This is significant for several reasons.

Conquering voices on the right, Sen. Marco Rubio moves to bridge GOP’s immigration

January 27, 2013 - Tampa Bay Times

Since outlining the immigration "principles" two weeks ago, Rubio has brought the argument directly to prominent conservative media figures, from Sean Hannity to Bill O'Reilly."Rubio is making that bridge that needs to be built much shorter," said Ali Noorani, executive director of the National Immigration Forum. "We'd like to see the next step from the senator and that's to start putting some language out there."

Obama will unveil immigration plans next week

January 25, 2013 - McClatchy DC

President Barack Obama, following up on one of his campaign pledges last fall, will unveil his plans for a comprehensive immigration overhaul Tuesday during a trip to Las Vegas.The trip marks the first step toward fulfilling his promise to press for an immigration overhaul at the beginning of his second term.


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