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November 13, 2013 - Wall Street Journal
President Barack Obama brainstormed at the White House Wednesday with religious leaders over how to persuade House Republicans to move on the issue. Last week, the president met with business executives to urge them to speak out for action. He is planning other immigration events on the road, with a mix of national and local outreach, both behind the scenes and publicly. On Tuesday, Vice President Joe Biden talked to Roman Catholic leaders.
November 08, 2013 - NBC Latino
There have been efforts to crystal ball the future of immigration reform and more specifically what the House plans to do this year or next. What’s becoming clear is that there’s once again a split in the GOP, some of it fed by the upcoming 2014 elections, that the House leadership must navigate to a resolution that satisfies most of its rank-and-file. Speaking at a National Journal forum Thursday, Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., said the window for passing immigration reform is open until March.
November 06, 2013 - VOXXI
The AFL-CIO launched a seven-figure ad campaign on Wednesday to call out Republicans who labor leaders say have been blocking immigration reform legislation in Congress. “The time for acting on immigration reform is now, and the labor movement has decided to throw down in a big way to make it happen,” AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said in a call with reporters Wednesday. Starting Wednesday, the television commercials will air in Spanish in four cities with large populations of Latino voters: Bakersfield, Denver, Atlanta and Orlando. They will also be broadcasted in English in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. All together, the ads have a price tag of more than $1 million.
November 06, 2013 - The Hill
The AFL-CIO launched a major television ad campaign on Wednesday, taking House Republicans to task for the stalled work on immigration reform. The ads will target GOP members who live in districts with large Hispanic populations and is part of a broader effort by the labor movement to push the House into taking action. AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on Tuesday said Republicans would pay a price at the ballot box if immigration reform runs aground in the House.
October 30, 2013 - UPI
For many business leaders, evangelicals and law enforcement officials, acceptable immigration reform would include a pathway to citizenship, paired with increased border security. The goal would be to provide visas to immigrants to fill certain labor-intensive jobs and to allow talented and educated newcomers to remain in the country. Business leaders believe immigrants would add much needed support to the country’s work force, particularly in the agricultural industry where nearly 70 percent of farm workers are undocumented, according to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
October 30, 2013 - UPI
Their goal was to persuade the lawmakers to go beyond just supporting immigration reform and take leadership in the name of the Republican Party on broad immigration overhaul, including some sort of legal status for the nearly 12 million immigrants living in the United States illegally. "Our plea is to act now, do it now, lead," Stan Lockhart, a former chairman of the Utah Republican Party, told The New York Times. A study by the non-profit Bipartisan Policy Center released at the event found broad immigration overhaul would expand the U.S. gross domestic product nearly 3 percent over a decade.
October 30, 2013 - New America Media
WASHINGTON, D.C. — More than 600 conservative leaders from close to 40 states called on House Republicans to vote on immigration reform this year. In more than 100 meetings with members of Congress, the coalition of Bibles, Badges and Business leaders discussed the need for reform for our nation’s economy, security and moral integrity. Support also spread on social media, including more than 10,000 tweets so far this week at #Ready4Reform, an effort that will continue as the House of Representatives decides how to proceed in coming days and weeks.
October 29, 2013 - VOXXI
“Immigration reform remains a top priority for the business community, and the Chamber and our partners will continue to do everything we can to make the case for reform this year,” said Bruce Josten, the U.S. Chamber’s executive vice president for government affairs. More than 600 conservative leaders from nearly 40 states across the country delivered on Tuesday a unified message to more than 100 members of Congress: The House of Representatives needs to move forward this year on broad immigration reform.
October 29, 2013 - Politico
More than 600 conservative-friendly officials and activists are descending on Capitol Hill Tuesday for a lobbying blitz targeting a wide range of House lawmakers, primarily Republicans, on immigration reform. The effort spans lawmakers from about 120 congressional districts in about 40 states, said Josh Breisblatt, the advocacy and policy associate for the National Immigration Forum. It’s meant to make the conservative case for immigration reform to lawmakers by bringing business experts, religious leaders and law enforcement officials to the Hill.
October 29, 2013 - New York Times
Heading to Washington to spend Tuesday urging House Republicans to take up a broad immigration overhaul, the team of Utah business leaders buttonholed several members of their state’s congressional delegation — Republican Senators Orrin Hatch and Mike Lee, and Representatives Jim Matheson, a Democrat, and Chris Stewart, a Republican — as the lawmakers waited to board their flight Monday at the Salt Lake City airport. “Our plea is to act now, do it now, lead,” Stan Lockhart, a former chairman of the Utah Republican Party, said in an interview Tuesday as he explained the group’s basic pitch. “Ask House leadership to lead and let’s pass what’s possible now.”