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Grover Norquist: GOP isn’t anti-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.

Obama’s 2013 State of the Union and the Immigration Reform Moment

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.

Silicon Valley and Immigrant Groups Find Common Cause

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.

Texas business leader calls for bipartisan immigration reform

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.

Austin immigration meeting to give voice to moderate conservatives

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.

In immigration debate, evangelicals tie issue to Bible to push Republicans

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.

Immigration advocates push Republicans to support path to citizenship

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.”

Immigration’s latest ally: Christian right

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.

U.S. shouldn’t create underclass of immigrants

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.”

Obama Urges ‘Strategic’ Thinking on Immigration

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.


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