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November 14, 2012 - ABC News/Univision
President Barack Obama expects that an immigration reform bill will be introduced shortly after his inauguration, saying Wednesday that "we need to seize the moment" and tackle the issue. "Based on the president's statement today, it is increasing clear that immigration reform should be the first bipartisan legislative priority in 2013," Ali Noorani, executive director of the National Immigration Forum, said in a statement.
November 14, 2012 - Politico
Obama was far more willing to engage with reporters on the issue of immigration reform. And he underscored Republicans' heavy losses among Latinos last week while pledging to "seize the moment." "The timeline is more important. We need immigration reform to be the first legislative priority, and it's encouraging to hear a firm and specific commitment from the president on this. Then we'll get to language," said Ali Noorani of the National Immigration Forum.
November 14, 2012 - Gigaom
Ali Noorani of the National Immigration Forum spoke of the need for real immigration reform, not just for the foreign-born PhDs, engineers, and blue-collar workers affected but also for the sake of law enforcement officials and for the business community that needs fresh ideas and talent at all levels. Noorani’s organization is trying to build consensus with constituencies that might surprise onlookers — law enforcement agencies and religious organizations. “Our theory is if you hold a Bible, wear a badge or own a business, you want a common-sense solution,” he said.
November 14, 2012 - Yahoo News
In the week since President Barack Obama won the election thanks in part to the Hispanic vote, a handful of top Republicans are breaking with the party line and floating the idea of working with Democrats to reform the nation's immigration system. That "wake up call," however, doesn't mean Republicans will necessarily support immigration reform models as liberal as those pushed by both Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush—models that included citizenship for illegal immigrants who met certain conditions. And some conservatives have signaled that in order to sign onto reform, they would want big concessions in return.
November 13, 2012 - Wall Street Journal
More than 150 evangelical leaders called on President Barack Obama Tuesday to make revamping the nation's immigration system a top priority, following a presidential election in which the Latino vote was a decisive factor. It laid out six principles, including an immigration overhaul that protects family unity, respects the rule of law and guarantees secure borders. The letter said these principles reflect a "growing convergence" with positions by other religious, civic, business, labor and law-enforcement leaders.
November 13, 2012 - ABC News/Univision
A coalition of evangelical leaders representing tens of millions of congregants across the country are calling on President Barack Obama to meet with them and introduce a bipartisan immigration reform bill within the first 92 days of his term. On Tuesday, more than 150 faith leaders released an open letter asking the president and heads of the Senate and House to support a pathway to legal status or citizenship for the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants in the country.
November 12, 2012 - The Hill
Republicans who are calling for action on comprehensive immigration reform have the nation’s largest business lobby in their corner. An official with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce said the group is hopeful that an overhaul of the immigration system can make it to President Obama’s desk by the end of 2013.
November 11, 2012 - North County Times
In the wake of President Barack Obama nearly owning the Latino vote last week, some conservative leaders and personalities are pushing for immigration reform. However, prominent Republicans, including Graham and Jeb Bush, had been warning the party to tone down it’s hard-line positions on the issue before the election. The news is welcome by those conservatives who had been working on a compromise behind the scenes on the issue.
November 10, 2012 - Arizona Republic
Days after President Barack Obama won re-election with the overwhelming support of Latino voters, a groundswell of Republican leaders and prominent conservatives are calling for immigration reforms that include legalizing millions of undocumented immigrants. Among the politically powerful Republicans who have called for immigration reform since Tuesday’s election are House Speaker John Boehner and Arizona Sen. John McCain.
November 09, 2012 - Washington Post
The post-election discussion on the right reflects a more fundamental shift that has been happening for months among several core Republican constituencies, with a growing number of evangelical leaders, business executives and law enforcement officials expressing support for legalizing immigrants. Some of the movement has come about as part of a new campaign called “Bibles, Badges and Businesses,” orchestrated by the National Immigration Forum.