Forum in the News
December 04, 2012 - New York Times
Looking for new footing on immigration before a debate on the volatile issue in Congress next year, Republicans and conservative leaders spoke out this week, raising arguments that immigration is good for the ailing economy and consistent with family values. In Washington, leaders of a coalition that unites conservative law enforcement officials and clergy with business leaders — they described themselves as “Bibles, badges and business” — held a strategy session Tuesday on how to push for a comprehensive overhaul of immigration laws.
December 04, 2012 - National Journal
A bipartisan coalition of religious, business, and law-enforcement leaders is asking for federal comprehensive immigration reform that includes a path to citizenship for those in the country illegally. The group met in Washington on Tuesday to pressure Congress and the White House to make immigration reform its “first priority” in 2013. “The country is hungry for Congress to work together,” said Jim Wallis, of Sojourners, a social-justice ministry. “Comprehensive immigration reform is that common ground.”
December 04, 2012 - National Journal
Americans disagree on a lot of things. Taxes, same-sex marriage, climate change, to name a few, divide the U.S. in one way or another. But immigration is different. Those who differ on taxes agree on the need for a 21st-century immigration process. Those who disagree on the definition of marriage agree the undocumented should have the opportunity to become citizens. Those who debate climate change agree families must remain united. Americans are ready for a new immigration solution. Is Washington?
December 04, 2012 - Salt Lake Tribune
Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff will become a federal lobbyist next month after he leaves the elected position he’s held for a dozen years. Shurtleff mentioned his new plans to The Salt Lake Tribune while in Washington, D.C., for an immigration reform summit, noting that he plans to spend considerable time in the nation’s capital in the months to come.
December 04, 2012 - Deseret News
Some 450 faith, law enforcement and business leaders are taking part in the National Immigration Forum's National Strategy Session conducted Tuesday in Washington, D.C. to urge the incoming Congress and the Obama administration to make immigration reform a priority in 2013. Tuesday's strategy session capped a series of summits nationwide, one of which was hosted by Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff in Salt Lake City in October 2011.
December 04, 2012 - Congressional Quarterly
While behind-the-scenes discussions continue on Capitol Hill, a coalition of conservative religious, business and law enforcement groups kicked off a two-day lobbying campaign Tuesday to urge Congress and Obama to act on immigration. The group, organized by the pro-immigrant National Immigration Forum, had tough words for Democrats and Republicans alike, saying that the most conservative and liberal flanks of the two parties have thwarted changes that most Americans would support.
December 04, 2012 - Voxxi
Momentum is building to pressure the president to deliver on immigration reform as business stakeholders, law, faith leaders and even former president George W. Bush are vocalizing their support on legislation. More than 250 activists are planning a strategy session and are then heading to Capitol Hill for meetings with lawmakers today. The coalition clarified that rather than advocating for a piecemeal approach, they’re pushing for a comprehensive reform package.
December 04, 2012 - The Hill
A coalition of business and religious leaders gathered Tuesday to pressure Republicans to embrace immigration reform. The coalition, formed by the bipartisan group National Immigration Forum, is holding two days of meetings to figure out how to best press forward on immigration reform.
December 03, 2012 - Washington Post
The conservative activists coming to Washington this week for their “national strategy session” plan to host lawmakers from both parties at a breakfast Wednesday before fanning out to meet with House and Senate members. The primary messages will focus on values, including the importance of keeping immigrant families together, and economics, such as the crucial role played by immigrant labor for agriculture and technology businesses.
December 03, 2012 - Politico
This week, the National Immigration Forum is hosting a two-day conference in Washington, bringing together church leaders, moderate business leaders and law enforcement officials in an attempt to draw attention to the larger consensus for action on immigration reform in 2013.