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Business Groups Bank on U.S. House to Act on Immigration Revamp

January 03, 2014 - Bloomberg Businessweek

Business groups and activists lobbying for broad changes in U.S. immigration laws say they now expect House Republicans to consider piecemeal legislation this year and could start by tightening border security. Party leaders have been discussing options for months. House Speaker John Boehner, who says he’s committed to advancing legislation, last month hired an immigration policy adviser from the Bipartisan Policy Center to work on the issue.

Watch Out: Immigration Could Still Happen in 2014

January 02, 2014 - US News & World Report

Despite a looming midterm election and a fiscal fight slated to hit this winter over raising the country's debt ceiling, immigration reform remains a top priority for the Republican Party as it attempts to repair its brand among Latino voters. Since the 2012 election when President Barack Obama won more than 70 percent of the Hispanic vote, the Republican Party has recognized it must act fast if it wants to remain competitive in the 2016 presidential elections because of changing demographics.

House will prioritize immigration legislation reform in 2014, says report

December 17, 2013 - Irish Central

The House will move on immigration reform next year if a long-term budget is passed next Tuesday, according to Republican leaders. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, says a reform of the immigration laws will be a priority in 2014. He told USA Today that immigration is next on the agenda once the Senate passes a bipartisan budget deal for the next two years.

Budget deal may clear decks for immigration in January

December 16, 2013 - USA Today

WASHINGTON — If the Senate manages to pass a long-term budget deal Tuesday, the next item on the agenda for Congress could be even harder: immigration. Republican leaders, led by House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, have deemed immigration legislation a priority in the new year. The Senate is expected to pass Tuesday a bipartisan budget deal for the next two years that would clear the legislative calendar and eliminate the threat of a government shutdown in January. And even Bob Dane, whose Federation for American Immigration Reform strongly opposes a bill, concedes that at this point, "the ground is very fertile" for an immigration bill.

Don’t expect Boehner to totally change his tune

December 13, 2013 - CNN

House Speaker John Boehner may have stood up to conservative arm-twisters and embraced bipartisanship in moving a budget agreement through the House, but insiders don't see it as the start of a sea change on Capitol Hill. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is one who was pragmatic about Boehner's new and strident public tone this week toward several influential conservative groups that have questioned his leadership and blasted the compromise budget plan approved Thursday.

Immigration reform: If not now, when?

December 10, 2013 - Medill News Service

The reform movement has backing from evangelical Christians, Democrats and many Republicans. There are political arguments, economic arguments and moral arguments. Advocates have protested, marched, prayed and fasted for reform. Ali Noorani, executive director of the National Immigration Forum and an advocate for immigration for the last decade, said the political climate at this time is unprecedented because “the politics, the policy and the humanity are meeting at precisely the right moment.”

Anti-Defamation League rings in 100th anniversary with panel on immigration reform

December 06, 2013 - Sampan

The panel featured three guest speakers: Jose Vargas, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, filmmaker and founder of the Define America campaign; Ali Noorani, executive director of the National Immigration Forum in Washington, D.C.; and Rev. Cheng Imm Tan, director of the Mayor’s Office of New Bostonians. All of the panelists emphasized the flaws behind current immigration laws and called for change.

How GOP is responding to immigration reform

December 04, 2013 - MSNBC

As activists look for new ways to push for immigration reform, the NOW panel discusses how different factions on the Right are responding to the issue. (Starts at 8:20)

4 ways how immigration reform still could happen – or not

November 25, 2013 - CNN

Traveling Monday in California, Obama is expected again to call on House Republicans to take up the bill already passed by the Senate or some elements of immigration reform. With the growing Latino population, the national Republican Party understands it must embrace the immigration issue. Additionally, the public supports action. Two polls released this month show an overwhelming majority of Americans -- 63% in a Public Religion Research Institute survey and 57% in a Quinnipiac poll -- support a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants. But some factions within the Republican base are adamantly opposed to any legislation that includes a path to citizenship. This division creates a challenge for Republicans. Their answer: maybe later.

Hundreds held in Canada’s immigration cells

November 18, 2013 - Toronto Star

In 2012, border enforcement officials detained a total of 9,571 people. While the three CBSA-run immigration holding centres — in Greater Toronto, Vancouver and Laval, Que. — held about 70 per cent of the detainees, the rest were detained in provincial correctional facilities. (By comparison, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security held a total of 429,247 in 2011, and has an immigration detention capacity of 34,000 on any given day, according to a recent report by the National Immigration Forum, a Washington-based think tank. It costs the U.S. government US$159 per day per detainee, compared to $239 in Canada.)

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