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Renewed calls for an immigration reform following Obama’s win

November 07, 2012 - Voxxi

Just as news broke that Obama won his re-election bid after beating Republican challenger Mitt Romney, immigration advocates were quick to call on the president to make passing an immigration reform one of his top priorities in his second term. “President Obama must fulfill his campaign promise and work with congressional leaders to create a common-sense immigration process that treats all people with dignity,” Ali Noorani, executive director of the National Immigration Forum, stated early Wednesday morning.

Immigration Reform May Be Big Winner in U.S. Elections

November 07, 2012 - Inter Press News

“Coming out of this election, there is now increased debate in political circles on how to create a pragmatic immigration system, with Republicans and conservatives engaging in this debate to a degree our country has never seen,” Ali Noorani, the executive director of the National Immigration Forum, the largest such group in the country, said while speaking with journalists on Thursday.

Obama Wins Re-Election, Clinches Latino Vote

November 06, 2012 - Fox News Latino

Ali Noorani, executive director of the National Immigration Forum, a group that advocates for more lenient immigration policies, said: “Today our nation witnessed the strength of democracy in action. An extraordinary number of voters, including record numbers of Latino, Asian and New American voters, went to the polls clamoring for practical solutions that honor our values and move our nation forward."

Feds delay review of Obama immigration program

November 05, 2012 - USA Today

"Here we are a year and a half after this review was begun and I had expected to see results by now," said Brittney Nystrom, director of policy and legal affairs for the National Immigration Forum, a Washington-based think tank. "This statistical oversight piece was the lynchpin of the assurances that (Homeland Security) was going to operate this program in a way that respected civil rights and civil liberties. So the fact that we haven't seen any results from that project concerns me."

As Incoming Judiciary Chairman, Goodlatte Will Face Immigration, Criminal Law, Civil Rights

November 02, 2012 - Congressional Quarterly

Republicans such as former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush or former White House strategist Karl Rove who have both called on the GOP to soften its stance on immigration, said Ali Noorani, executive director of the National Immigration Forum, which advocates on behalf of immigrants. “He’ll be able to point to pressure from conservatives as a reason to engage in a practical conversation,” he said.

‘Unreal’ backlog of immigration cases crowds dockets

November 01, 2012 - Houston Chronicle

The volume of cases pending in Houston's overburdened immigration courts has swelled by more than 160 percent over the past three years, new data shows, leading to long delays for immigrants and crowded court dockets for judges. "It's absolutely ridiculous what we're seeing right now," said Raed Gonzalez, a Houston immigration attorney who said local cases are now being scheduled for hearings in late 2014. "It's exhausting the judges. They're being overworked. It's unreal."

Immigration courts’ performance deeply criticized

November 01, 2012 - San Antonio Express-News

Immigration courts are failing to keep up with caseloads while delays have prolonged deportation proceedings, leaving some immigrants in detention, according to a critical report issued Thursday. Ali Noorani with the National Immigration Forum, an immigrant rights group, seized on the report to call on Congress and the Obama administration to “focus on delivering justice in the immigration courts.” “Otherwise, immigrants languish in detention, awaiting a hearing, while costs to the government mount,” Noorani said.

Presidential Candidates’ Differing Positions on Immigration

October 30, 2012 - Voice of America

Comprehensive immigration reform, more border security and self-deportation are some of the terms used when talking about the controversial issue of illegal immigration in the United States. With the clock ticking until the next presidential election, both candidates have to clarify their specific plans to bring an estimated 11 million of undocumented immigrants out of the shadows.

Shifting Demographics Aren’t All That Will Propel Immigration Reform

October 30, 2012 - National Journal

No matter who wins on Election Day, the president-elect will wake up on Nov. 7 to an immigration-policy challenge intensified by our nation’s demographics shift. But that shift also offers former Gov. Mitt Romney or Obama a unique opportunity to keep a campaign promise they both made: to pass immigration reform in 2013.

Retiring Utah AG Bucks Conservative Orthodoxy In Favor of ‘Practical’ Solutions

October 26, 2012 - Main Justice

“They call me a RINO (Republican in Name Only). I call myself a pragmatic conservative,” says Shurtleff, who was elected three times in Utah with an average of 64.9 percent of the vote. Main Justice caught up with Shurtleff recently to ask what drives his views. In an era of deep partisan divisions, he’s unusual for his willingness to buck conservative orthodoxy in favor of practical solutions to law enforcement.

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