Forum in the News
August 29, 2013 - NPR Marketplace
Heat, sweat, and, now, activists are unavoidable facts of life for members of Congress in August. An army of interest groups has been pushing various causes this month. Opponents of President Barack Obama’s health care law are demanding it be defunded. And an unusual coalition of the left and right -- including local police, business groups and church leaders -- is pushing for immigration reform. Their ad campaign cost $400,000, and its organizer Ali Noorani, the executive director of the National Immigration Forum, says you ignore August at your peril.
August 29, 2013 - Associated Baptist Press
Cooperative Baptist Fellowship leader Suzii Paynter ramped up her advocacy for immigration reform Aug. 28 in a conference call with reporters urging Texans in Congress to approve moral legislation that takes into account the economic needs of the nation and spiritual and physical needs of immigrants. Paynter, executive coordinator of the Atlanta-based Fellowship, was joined on the afternoon telephone panel by Steve Case, chairman and CEO of Revolution and co-founder of America Online, and by Steve Pringle, legislative director of the Texas Agriculture Bureau, among others.
August 29, 2013 - The Journal-Gazette (IN)
FORT WAYNE – A state law requires police agencies to report undocumented immigrants they encounter. “That’s not going to happen,” Angola Police Chief Stuart Hamblen said Wednesday. “ … We can’t criminalize these people.” Noble County dairy farmer John Metzger said he’d soon be out of business if a federal investigation would find illegal immigrants working for him. “We believe everyone we hire is legal. … But we’re all in fear of what could happen,” Metzger said. Anderson factory owner Barry Sharp learned the hard way. Three federal audits of his S&S Steel Services Inc. resulted in no fines for him in 2012, he said, but nearly half of his 170 workers quit when questions arose about some Social Security numbers. Steel coil production plunged at the plant.
August 28, 2013 - National Catholic Reporter
The congressional recess seems to be providing a vehicle for some movement on the immigration bill stalled in the House of Representatives. We are seeing evangelicals applying pressure to resistant members of Congress to support comprehensive immigration. Evangelicals are asking their congregations to contact their legislators and pray for reform. They are targeting specific representatives in Illinois and across the country to gain support for the passage of this reform legislation.
August 28, 2013 - The Atlantic
What if immigration reform advocates used financial arguments to make their case? Ask 10 individuals how they feel about the immigration debate, and you'll get a range of responses combining humanitarian, employment, population, or economic concerns. You probably won't hear about the hefty price tag of the immigration control battle, nor the profits that private prisons are making off the government's expenditures, nor the alternatives to detention that might pair more humane treatment with cost effectiveness. Since 2003, when Immigration and Customs Enforcement was created and government crackdowns on undocumented aliens increased, private prisons have gained business, with industry profits more than doubling.
August 28, 2013 - The Journal-Gazette (IN)
Bibles, Badges and Business for Immigration Reform Network hopes Rep. Marlin Stutzman, R-3rd, will read this story and others like it. The group, part of the National Immigration Forum, will have an immigration reform roundtable discussion at 10:30 a.m. today at First Wayne Street United Methodist Church. Six people – three from churches, the Angola police chief, a farmer and the owner of a steel coil producer – will take part. The discussion is among 46 similar forums scheduled across the country this month by Bibles, Badges and Business. The intent is to drum up support for sweeping immigration legislation among Republican members of the House while they are home during their August recess.
August 23, 2013 - Christian Post
The Roman Catholic Church in the U.S. is increasing pressure on lawmakers to adopt immigration reform and is taking that message to the pews, planning for a major coordinated event for Sunday Masses on Sept. 8. "We want to try to pull out all the stops," said Kevin Appleby, the director of migration policy at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, according to The New York Times. "They have to hear the message that we want this done, and if you're not successful during the summer, you're not going to win by the end of the year."
August 22, 2013 - Huffington Post
Imagine if Congress could save Americans $1.44 billion in one simple step. Well, it can -- by making sure immigration reform includes smarter policies for detaining unauthorized immigrants. Broad immigration reform will be good for our nation's bottom line for a multitude of reasons. Immigrants are key to American ingenuity and competitiveness, and new Americans take risks and help create jobs. Immigrants even strengthen the U.S. housing market. Our immigrant detention policies not only lock up the financial contributions of immigrants, but also cost us $5 million per day.
August 22, 2013 - Newsmax
The Roman Catholic Church will make a major push next month for an overhaul of immigration policy in an effort to persuade Congress to support legislation that includes a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants. Catholic bishops and priests from major dioceses across the country will preach in favor of immigration reform in a move that will also include advertising and phone calls directed at Catholic lawmakers and "prayerful marches" in districts where the issue is controversial, reports The New York Times.
August 21, 2013 - New York Times
WASHINGTON — Catholic bishops and priests from major dioceses across the country will preach a coordinated message next month backing changes in immigration policy, with some using Sunday Masses on Sept. 8 to urge Congressional passage of a legislative overhaul that includes a path to citizenship for unauthorized immigrants. The decision to embrace political action from the pulpit is part of a broader effort by the Roman Catholic Church and other faith groups that support President Obama’s call for new immigration laws. It includes advertising and phone calls directed at 60 Catholic Republican lawmakers and “prayerful marches” in Congressional districts where the issue has become a divisive topic.