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April 26, 2013 - Arizona Republic
Members of the so-called Gang of Eight that negotiated the sweeping immigration-reform bill in the Senate say they believe a vast majority of their colleagues will vote for the measure, which would boost border security and set an estimated 11 million immigrants on a path to legal status. Sens. John McCain and Chuck Schumer said Thursday that winning as many as 70 votes would be a show of force that could help sway the reluctant House to pass the bill.
April 26, 2013 - Kansas City Star
Barack Obama enjoys unprecedented backing for an overhaul of U.S. immigration law. He is backed by a strong coalition of the faith, business and law enforcement groups. For months, a bipartisan “gang of eight” senators has been at work preparing reform legislation. A new poll released by the National Immigration Forum Action Fund shows that a majority of Americans — even a majority of Republicans — support reforms, including a pathway to citizenship for those who have entered the country illegally.
April 26, 2013 - National Journal
Some polls show waning resistance from Republican voters. A survey sponsored by pro-reform groups and conducted by The Winston Group, a Republican polling firm, found 67 percent of Republicans support the provisions in the bill—even after they are told a number of criticisms, including that it was written in secret and rushed. A majority of Republicans also said they think the bill will benefit the economy.
April 25, 2013 - Houston Chronicle
Based on a new national poll, immigration reform might not be as ideological an issue as we think — at least in the traditional left-right sense. While members of Congress continue to play tug-of-war over issues like border security and pathways to citizenship, a recent poll shows Americans aren’t as divided as their representatives.
April 25, 2013 - Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel
Some 36 current state attorneys general and 76 former state attorneys general have signed and delivered letters to House and Senate leaders asking both chamber to move quickly on immigration reform, according to the National Immigration Forum. "The message sent by these leaders who have dedicated their lives to keep our communities safe represents the far reaching momentum that exists for common sense immigration reform," said Al Noorani, executive director of the forum.
April 25, 2013 - Courier-Journal
The changing landscape, in fact, demands more of the United States in educating and preparing a well-educated work force — one outfitted with the skills necessary to compete and succeed in a global, multinational, multifaceted economy. We can no longer afford to focus only locally, we must broaden our scope. But we can make changes here at home that will help ensure our competitiveness, particularly in science and technology, where advances are occurring rapidly in ways that are shaping our economy in profound ways.
April 24, 2013 - Miami Herald
Immigrant workers who are eligible to become U.S. citizens have something to smile about: their employers may be willing to help them through the naturalization process. Tuesday, the National Immigration Forum launched a nationwide initiative at Miami Dade College to encourage businesses to help their immigrant employees become citizens.
April 23, 2013 - South Florida Business Journal
The National Immigration Forum’s Bethlehem Project began with a pilot several months ago in four cities including Miami, which has 520,000 workers who are eligible for citizenship. The other locations include Los Angeles, Silicon Valley, Calif. and the Washington, D.C. metro area. The project, which launched officially on Tuesday, provides a road map of sorts for accessible citizenship assistance through a three-step process and involves local businesses to provide the time and place for these sessions.
April 23, 2013 - Talking Points Memo
The Senate “Gang of 8” has done its job in producing a bipartisan immigration bill. Now they just have to convince Republicans to vote for it. To that end, pro-reform lawmakers and interest groups are launching a massive, co-ordinated effort to address every possible conservative concern about the bill — and undermine the opponents stoking them.
April 20, 2013 - Arizona Republic
The Rev. Warren H. Stewart Sr. admits he’s an unlikely champion for immigration reform. It wasn’t part of his vision as pastor of the 1,500-member First Institutional Baptist Church, a predominantly Black congregation in the heart of Phoenix. But events changed his focus, and when an old friend asked him to get involved a few years ago, he converted to the cause.