Forum in the News
October 29, 2013 - Arizona Republic
Lawmakers have come under an unprecedented wave of lobbying from immigration-reform supporters on the right and left in recent days, keeping hopes for the legislation alive in the Republican-controlled House of Representatives. A small legion of pro- reform business, religious and law-enforcement leaders have converged on Capitol Hill this week to press lawmakers for action, and a comprehensive Democratic bill won its first GOP supporters. At the same time, immigrant advocates also are visiting congressional offices and holding prayer vigils outside lawmakers’ residences, as happened last week at the Peoria home of U.S. Rep. Trent Franks, R-Ariz.
October 29, 2013 - ABC57 News
WASHINGTON D.C. -- Lawmakers from Elkhart are in Washington D.C. lobbying for immigration reform. Both Elkhart and Goshen's chamber of commerce presidents were at the capitol among 600 other religious, law enforcement and business leaders from across the country. "Business, faith, and law enforcement are all standing together, pushing for reform," said Americans for Reform member Ali Noorani.
October 28, 2013 - U.S. News and World Report
Conservative business leaders, evangelicals and tech giants will descend on Washington Tuesday to make yet another plea with the House of Representatives — pass immigration reform. "This is a last ditch effort to get something done," says Brad Bailey, a restaurant owner in Texas and founder of Texas Immigration Solution, who is coming to Washington for the event. "We are further along [in immigration reform] than we have ever been in the past."
October 28, 2013 - MSNBC
Ali Noorani, whose group National Immigration Forum is bringing hundreds of conservative leaders to Washington on Tuesday to lobby for reform, said he couldn’t understand Rubio’s motives even from a raw political perspective. “It’s a real mystery,” he told msnbc. “Find me a politician who’s won on the ‘I was for it before I was against it’ strategy.”
October 26, 2013 - New York Times
WASHINGTON — A push to bring immigration legislation to the House floor, led by an unusual coalition of business executives, prominent conservatives and evangelical leaders, threatens to create another schism in the Republican Party and could have a noticeable effect on campaign contributions before the midterm elections. Several Republican executives and donors who are part of a lobbying blitz coming to Capitol Hill next week said they were considering withholding, or had already decided to withhold, future financial support to Republican lawmakers they believe are obstructing progress on immigration.
October 26, 2013 - Christian Post
Hundreds of conservative leaders from across the nation will meet in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday to take their message of immigration reform to Congress, which is now expected to address the issue after having dealt with the partial government shutdown and the debt-ceiling. The event, "Americans for Reform: Immigration Reform for our Economy, Faith and Security," is aimed at sending the "unified message" of conservative faith, law enforcement and business leaders that Congress needs to take up broad immigration reform and keep it moving forward, the organizers say.
October 26, 2013 - Washington Post
Rep. Jeff Denham (R-Calif.) plans to sign on as the lone GOP member with 185 Democrats to co-sponsor a plan that would give millions of unauthorized immigrants the chance to attain citizenship. A handful of House Republicans have expressed support for citizenship legislation similar to the bipartisan bill that passed the Senate over the summer. But Denham is taking the additional — and politically provocative — step of locking arms with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) and other Democrats trying to neutralize opposition from House conservatives and shake up a polarized immigration debate.
October 25, 2013 - Bloomberg Businessweek
Evangelical pastors, corporate leaders, elected Republican officials and small-government activists arrive in Washington on Oct. 28 to lobby lawmakers to revamp U.S. immigration policies before year’s end. The “conservative fly-in” will involve about 600 people and include personal meetings with at least 80 Republican members of Congress, said Ali Noorani, an organizer of the event and executive director of the National Immigration Forum.
October 23, 2013 - VOXXI
So far, House committees have approved five immigration bills, including one to ramp up border security, one to allow foreign agricultural workers to temporarily come to the U.S. and one to increase the number of visas for high-skilled immigrants.
Fleeing wrath of vicious cartels, record-breaking number of Mexicans seek political asylum in the US
October 23, 2013 - New York Daily News
On any given day, there are 31,800 detainees in more than 257 federal centers across the country, held for a variety of immigration issues, according to recent figures from the National Immigration Forum, a Washington-based nonprofit group. The daily cost of their incarceration is $5 million per day, or about $159 per person, the forum reported.