Forum in the News
November 08, 2012 - ABC News/Univision
Immigration reform. It's the talk of the town post-election. Senate Democrats, Republican leaders and some business titans are all saying that reform should happen early in President Barack Obama's second term, an idea that's been catapulted forward by the pivotal role Latinos played in the election. The president is on board, too. If the temperature is right for reform then it will be up to Washington to make it happen.
November 07, 2012 - Wall Street Journal
Last month, White House officials met with advocates of an immigration overhaul. In the meeting in the West Wing, advocates told the president that "he has to lead in a way that brings conservatives and moderates to the table," said Ali Noorani, executive director of the National Immigration Forum, a nonpartisan immigration advocacy group. Mr. Noorani added that the president's victory speech early Wednesday "was a pretty tremendous step in that direction."
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.
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.
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."
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."
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.
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."
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.
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.