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April 23, 2013 - Talking Points Memo
The Senate “Gang of 8” has done its job in producing a bipartisan immigration bill. Now they just have to convince Republicans to vote for it. To that end, pro-reform lawmakers and interest groups are launching a massive, co-ordinated effort to address every possible conservative concern about the bill — and undermine the opponents stoking them.
April 20, 2013 - Arizona Republic
The Rev. Warren H. Stewart Sr. admits he’s an unlikely champion for immigration reform. It wasn’t part of his vision as pastor of the 1,500-member First Institutional Baptist Church, a predominantly Black congregation in the heart of Phoenix. But events changed his focus, and when an old friend asked him to get involved a few years ago, he converted to the cause.
April 19, 2013 - Pugent Sound Business Journal
Colleges and universities around the country will hold events Friday in support of immigration reform, as part of a nationally coordinated campaign that also includes businesses and faith groups. The Partnership for a New American Economy and the National Immigration Forum highlighted this "day of action" by holding a conference call with three college presidents from around the country.
April 19, 2013 - Independent European Daily Express
“On the whole, we think this is a good bill, and does a really good job of including all core elements you need for a reform bill like this,” Mark Falzone, the deputy director of the National Immigration Forum, an advocacy group, told IPS. “People on the right and left are going to be critical of certain aspects of this proposal, but that’s the nature of compromise. We haven’t had meaningful immigration reform in this country in recent memory, but this time is clearly different, with both Democrats and Republics pushing hard.”
April 19, 2013 - Press-Enterprise
Panelists at a Cal State San Bernardino forum said that if the recently introduced immigration-reform bill is enacted, it would spur economic growth and allow undocumented students at Cal State and other universities to better contribute to U.S. society. The discussion on Friday, April 19, occurred two days after eight senators introduced legislation that would provide a path to citizenship for many of the nation’s estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants, further fortify the border and require employers to verify the immigration status of their workers.
April 17, 2013 - USA Today
Ali Noorani, executive director of the National Immigration Forum, which supports a pathway to citizenship for unauthorized immigrants, said the border provisions were added to appease conservative voters and members of Congress. But he said complaints raised Wednesday by Sessions and others that the bill doesn't assure a secure border would have been raised no matter what was in the bill.
April 16, 2013 - Revolution.com
After the 2012 election, once-unlikely coalitions formed to press for action. The National Immigration Forum, lead by Ali Noorani, has brought together religious leaders, business leaders, labor leaders, and entrepreneurs (or “Bibles, Badges, and Business”) to advocate for reform. The March for Innovation is an effort co-led by Mayor Michael Bloomberg and others to press for action through social media. Most recently, Mark Zuckerberg started an advocacy group that plans to spend heavily on behalf of members of Congress who make brave votes during the immigration debate.
April 16, 2013 - The Hill
The size and cost of a long-awaited immigration reform bill scheduled to be introduced on Tuesday are among its most eagerly anticipated details. The bill from a group of eight senators from both parties is expected to be large and costly, and how it deals with border security and a path to citizenship for immigrants in the country illegally will be among the keys to whether it becomes law.
April 10, 2013 - Policy Mic
As immigration reform increasingly becomes Washington’s new cup of tea — and for many, apolitically helpful move for re-election — the impetus for concrete, comprehensive compromise can be seen even from conservative groups, who have, in the past, been strong opponents of parts of the very immigration policy currently on the table. In 2013, now even conservative super PACs are pushing members to strike a deal and battling other conservative critics of immigration reform, a good sign for those hopeful to see a deal cut in the next month.
April 08, 2013 - Wall Street Journal
Supporters of an immigration overhaul hope the grass-roots movement by evangelical Christians, which has included meetings with local GOP leaders, will help swing the debate. "Republican lawmakers take guidance from evangelical America on social policy issues," said Ali Noorani, head of the National Immigration Forum, an advocacy organization. "That evangelicals have taken on immigration bodes well for passage of comprehensive reform."