Forum in the News
October 17, 2013 - National Journal (Noorani Op-Ed)
The road to bipartisan immigration reform has been bumpier in the House, where Republican leaders are choosing a different path toward reform—and where the conversation has stalled amid budget and debt-ceiling debates. But, to warp the old Mark Twain quote, reports of immigration reform's death are an exaggeration. The reason is the same one that has propelled the debate all year long: Americans across the political spectrum are ready for reform. They want an immigration process that honors our values of equality, fairness, and hard work.
October 16, 2013 - Al Jazeera America
The Trust Act is California’s response to tough laws in states like Arizona, Alabama and Georgia that restrict the rights of those in the United States illegally and encourage local officers to check the immigration status of people stopped for minor infractions. With national comprehensive immigration reform stalled in Congress, the California law marks the boldest move yet by a state to restrict the reach of federal agencies to detain and deport undocumented immigrants. Now other states, including Massachusetts and Connecticut, have either begun or are considering legislative action on versions of the Trust Act.
October 14, 2013 - USA Today
About 300 conservatives from around the country and with varying backgrounds — pastors, farmers, police chiefs, business owners — will arrive in Washington on Oct. 28 to meet with Republican lawmakers and make a conservative pitch for a new immigration law. Participants in the "fly-in" say they can better speak to the conservative members of the U.S. House since they share many ideals on government.
October 03, 2013 - Al Jazeera America
Immigration advocates praised the House plan as an attempt to mobilize the immigration debate in Congress. "Clearly, both Democrats and Republicans are hearing the call for broad immigration reform," Ali Noorani, executive director of the National Immigration Forum, said in a statement. "This call is coming from constituents across the political spectrum. Today's announcement continues the conversation in Congress."
September 26, 2013 - Bloomberg
Imagine if Congress mandated that an arbitrary number of jail cells be filled with prisoners -- regardless of the crime rate. Authorities would be required to incarcerate people, no matter the circumstances or the affront to human rights. That’s basically the state of immigration detention in the U.S.
September 24, 2013 - Washington Post
A sharp drop in the number of unauthorized immigrants in the United States that accompanied the start of the Great Recession has leveled off in recent years and could be ticking back upward as the economy improves, according to a report released Monday. In all, the analysis from the Pew Research Center estimated that there were 11.7 million immigrants living in the country illegally in March 2012. That was down from an all-time high of 12.2 million in 2007, a year before the stock market collapsed, but it represented a slight increase from the estimated 11.3 million in 2009, during the worst year of the recession.
September 24, 2013 - National Review
Supporters of the Gang of Eight immigration-reform bill were dealt a blow last week, with the announcement that the Senate gang’s House counterpart was breaking up. And although the Gang’s opponents remain vigilant, the conventional wisdom suggests that President Obama is unlikely to sign an immigration-reform bill into law this year.
September 22, 2013 - Wall Street Journal
Frustrated by inaction in the House, advocates of a broad overhaul of immigration law are considering whether to compromise on a core demand—that the nation's 11 million illegal immigrants be offered a pathway to citizenship. For those open to it, the idea marks a strategic retreat aimed at moving legislation through the Republican-led House. Some GOP lawmakers who oppose broad citizenship rights have said they might agree to offer some other kind of legal status.
September 20, 2013 - MSNBC
FORT MORGAN, CO – Jose Munoz can’t understand why Congressman Cory Gardner won’t give him a straight answer on immigration. Munoz, a 25-year old volunteer with the Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition, was one of many attendees at Gardner’s first town hall of the summer eager to hear their congressman address the topic. Just a week earlier on July 29, Gardner met privately with group members who left feeling encouraged.
September 17, 2013 - Miami Herald
For some employees of Baptist Health South Florida, the path to U.S. Citizenship started Tuesday. The non-profit health organization partnered up with the National Immigration Forum to provide free on-site assistance to employees eligible to become American citizens. They held a special information session on Tuesday, which was National Citizenship Day. “This is what this country is all about,” said Jose Soriano, 50, who was there to support his wife Dinorah. “It doesn't matter what color you are or what religion you practice. This is a great opportunity.”