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December 19, 2012 - National Catholic Register

“Americans are not divided by the immigration issue. Politicians use the issue to divide Americans.” That bold statement by Ali Noorani, executive director of the lobby group Forging a New Consensus on Immigrants and America, opened the organization’s Dec. 4-5 “National Strategy Session” in Washington. Forging Consensus is unique in that it has brought together “Bibles, badges and business” — that is, religious leaders, law enforcement and business people — who have general agreement on what immigration reform should look like to advocate for reform. Two hundred and fifty of them were at the Washington meeting, many of whom had participated in preparatory regional forums.

Sen. Bennet ‘more optimistic today’ about passing bipartisan immigration reform

December 12, 2012 - The Hill

Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) said he's more optimistic about passing bipartisan immigration reform legislation now than he was before the 2012 election. "I am optimistic," Bennet, the incoming chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, said Wednesday. "Much more optimistic today than I was before this election that this Congress can legislate in a bipartisan way and pass significant immigration reform."

Business, badges and bibles – immigration reform takes center stage on Capitol Hill

December 11, 2012 - Salt Lake Chamber Blog

The National Immigration Forum advocates for the value of immigrants and immigration to our nation. This past week they convened approximately 260 conservative leaders from 26 states in our nation’s capital to participate in a national strategy session. Billed as a gathering of people who own a business, wear a badge and carry a bible, the Forum sponsored a news conference at the National Press Club and arranged dozens of personal visits with legislative leaders on Capitol Hill.

5 Republicans who matter to immigration

December 10, 2012 - Politico

There’s another group of lesser-known GOP lawmakers expected to play an outsize role — both within the party and negotiating with Democrats — as Congress delves into an issue that could consume much of its bandwidth next year. “Each of them has a unique connection to the issue,” said Ali Noorani, executive director of the National Immigration Forum. “And they all have the intellect to create a rational compromise.”

Leaders: Window open for immigration reform

December 10, 2012 - Baptist Press

A window for the federal government to enact "top-to-bottom" immigration reform stands open for now, supporters are saying. Advocates for comprehensive reform of the United States immigration system expressed new optimism at recent events in Washington. They urged Congress and the White House to work together quickly before the window of opportunity closes.

Pro-immigration conservatives lobby Republicans for change of policy

December 10, 2012 - Workpermit.com

A group of conservative activists comprising preachers, law enforcement officers and businessmen, hope to persuade the party leadership to see the immigration issue from a new perspective. One delegate, Mark Curran told reporters 'There's a radical loud element out there that just doesn't seem to get it, that will never get it. They shouldn't be given any real deference anymore.'

Immigration issue draws lobbyists — and their money

December 09, 2012 - USA Today

On Dec. 4, the National Immigration Forum hosted a conference in D.C. where conservative religious leaders joined law enforcement officials to call for a pathway to citizenship for the nation's 11 million illegal immigrants. While the pastors were explaining the moral imperative of treating those immigrants fairly, the police chiefs were explaining how legalizing those people would help them fight crime.

Immigration Reform Is Back on the Agenda

December 07, 2012 - National Journal

After 18 months of assiduous local organizing, the National Immigration Forum, an immigrant-advocacy group, this week gathered in Washington dozens of center-right religious, law-enforcement, and business leaders (such as AOL founder Steve Case, whom I interviewed for a session at the event) who support a pathway to legal status. Coincidentally, former President George W. Bush emerged on the same day to urge immigration reform “with a benevolent spirit.”

The Diane Rhem Show: Friday News Roundup – Domestic

December 07, 2012 - National Public Radio

The numbers are just very stark. Latinos are a rapidly growing group. You know, Bush got almost half of the Latino vote. Romney got about a quarter of it. There's just really no way to avoid it. And so to have President Bush, a guy who has some real credibility on this issue because he was out front talking about it, it does tell you a lot about where the Republicans are going...You know, it's interesting because there was also a meeting this week in Washington of law enforcement and clergy on the immigration issue hosted by the National Immigration Forum, and they're talking about how to move forward on this.

Building consensus

December 06, 2012 - World Mag

The fiscal cliff is driving politicians apart on Capitol Hill this week, but one issue is bringing them together: immigration reform. The National Immigration Forum organized Wednesday’s gathering as part of a two-day event called “Forging a New Consensus.” It brought together about 250 law enforcement officials, clergy, and business owners (those with “badges, Bibles, and business”) from 26 states.


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