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House Passes Immigration Reform, STEM Act May Head to Senate

November 30, 2012 - Fox News Latino

Ali Noorani, executive director of the National Immigration Forum, a Washington D.C.-based group that favors more lenient immigration policies, voiced mixed feelings. “We are glad to see that both parties recognize the importance of immigrants and immigration to our country, but we need a more comprehensive approach that also addresses the 11 million undocumented residents currently here,” he said in a statement.

Senate Republicans introduce “Achieve Act,” “Dream Act” supporters say it falls short

November 27, 2012 - NBC Latino

Katherine Vargas, communications director for the National Immigration Forum, says that without specifically discussing the details of the Achieve Act proposed legislation, “it’s good to see Republicans come to the table on issues of immigration, and it helps keep the debate alive,” she says. Vargas believes, however, that “we need a broad push that addresses the 11 million undocumented immigrants currently here,” and that Congress would be “tone-deaf” to not see this is the mandate from so many Latino voters in the recent election.

Rallying GOP on Immigration

November 19, 2012 - Congressional Quarterly

The business wing of the Republican Party has long favored an overhaul of the nation’s immigration system that would allow more workers to come to the United States. But companies have been unable to persuade Republicans in Congress to go along. Efforts to change that are under way.

TechStars Gives Immigration Reform Advocate the Stage at Boston Demo Day

November 15, 2012 - Boston Inno

With immigration reform suddenly a possibility thanks to the recent election, Noorani took the stage and asked the TechStars audience to join the push for comprehensive immigration reform in Congress. The strategy? Bibles, badges, and business.

Obama: “Seize The Moment” And Pass Immigration Reform

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.

Obama steamed over Rice

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.

Immigration reform is front and center for tech sector — and Obama

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.

What would Republican-led immigration reform look like?

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.

Evangelical Leaders Urge Immigration Shakeup

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.

Evangelicals Give Obama 92 Days To Tackle Immigration

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.

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