Forum in the News
July 20, 2013 - Lake County News-Sun (Illinois)
About a dozen law enforcement officials from various organizations, including Lake County Sheriff Mark Curran, met with Vice President Joe Biden Friday, in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington, D.C., to discuss immigration reform and how the senate bill needs to be called in the House of Representatives. “I think he wanted to know how law enforcement felt on this,” said Curran from Washington, D.C. His flight was paid for by the national group Bibles, Badges and Businesses, a usually pretty conservative base. Curran believes the senate bill should be brought to the floor of the House of Representatives for a debate and a vote, but the speaker of the house has vowed not to call it because a majority of Republicans don’t support it.
July 18, 2013 - Fox News Latino
Where in the world [on the immigration issue] is Marco Rubio? That is what many observers of the twists and turns of the immigration reform movement are asking about the U.S. senator who crafted a pivotal role for himself in the effort to pass a comprehensive bill that would tighten the border and address the situation of an estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States. For months, Rubio, a Tea Party Republican from Florida, sent several daily press releases and appeared weekly on television news shows pleading the cause of immigration reform.
July 18, 2013 - The Atlantic
For evangelical Christians, this type of drawn-out, hard-fought legislative battle is nothing new. But for a diverse coalition of evangelical leaders and congregants, it is new to be aligned with Democrats, and prodding Republicans to do what they believe is the right -- and moral -- thing. The reform camp is relying on evangelicals to help pressure the right into agreeing to changes, and leadership of the Evangelical Immigration Table -- a group that is organizing evangelicals who support immigration reform -- will meet with House Republican leadership on July 24 to state their case.
July 14, 2013 - The Hill
President Obama and his security advisors are busily compiling and vetting a list of possible candidates to replace outgoing Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano. With immigration reform on Congress’s front burner, the next nominee to head the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will receive an extraordinary amount of scrutiny. But their resumes must go above and beyond the current immigration debate, according to those close to discussions.
July 13, 2013 - Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) — The leadership vacancy created by Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano's resignation is the latest and greatest blow to a department where one-third of the heads of key agencies and divisions have been filled with acting officials or remained vacant for months. Napolitano's departure, slated for September, will create the 15th hole in the department's 45 leadership positions. Napolitano's chief of staff and the director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement are leaving this month. The deputy secretary, general counsel, heads of Customs and Border Protection, privacy, legislative affairs, intelligence and analysis and more are filled with acting officials.
July 12, 2013 - VOXXI
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano has resigned to head the University of California system, and many are remembering her efforts to secure the border while also advocating for immigration reform. Napolitano, a Democrat, became the first woman to lead the department in 2009, after President Barack Obama appointed her. In a statement, Napolitano recalled some of the highlights of her career as head of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), including the implementation of “smart steps that make our immigration system more fair and focused while deploying record resources to protect our nation’s borders.”
July 12, 2013 - Wall Street Journal
Janet Napolitano said Friday she will resign as Homeland Security HOMS 0.00% secretary, a departure of a key cabinet member that could complicate immigration politics in Congress. An Obama administration official said Ms. Napolitano plans to leave her post in early September. Her announcement comes as Congress wrestles with legislation that would overhaul the nation's immigration laws. The Democratic-controlled Senate has passed a bill, and GOP leaders in the House may offer their own immigration measure.
July 12, 2013 - Newsmax
Janet Napolitano announced her resignation as Secretary of Homelande Security on Friday and lawmaker comments on the move have ranged from congratulatory to disappointment that she did not do more to secure the nation's borders and reduce the country's terrorism threats. Napolitano, the former governor of Arizona, announced Friday that she was stepping down to become the new president of the University of California system, according to the Washington Post.
July 12, 2013 - USA Today
It seems fitting that Janet Napolitano chose to leave her post at a time when Congress is debating the issue that largely defined her tenure: immigration. The Department of Homeland Security has massive responsibilities, including counterterrorism, natural disasters and airport security; but Napolitano spent much of her four-plus years fielding attacks from both the right and the left over immigration — for either doing too little or too much to secure the nation's border and deport undocumented immigrants. "Secretary Napolitano has one of the most challenging jobs in Washington," said Ali Noorani, executive director of the National Immigration Forum.
July 12, 2013 - National Journal
The “border surge” provisions in a recently passed Senate immigration bill are shocking, in a bad way—and a little awesome, in a good way. That’s by design. They are Republican vote bait, yes, and they reek of tough-guy talking points. Sens. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., and John Hoeven, R-N.D., crafted an amendment that tried to respond to conservative cries for stronger border security. It greased the skids for the massive immigration bill to glide through the Senate on a smooth, bipartisan 68-32 vote. Like it or not, it will be a major part of any negotiations with the House.