Forum in the News
October 23, 2013 - Bloomberg Businessweek
FWD.us had a rough start, and then immigration reform fell to the wayside as fiscal issues dominated debate in Washington. But with the government open again and the debt ceiling lifted, some observers think this is immigration reform’s moment. President Obama is pushing the issue hard, and House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said on Wednesday that he may try to hold a vote on immigration reform by the end of the year.
October 20, 2013 - Politico
With the brutal fiscal fight now in Capitol Hill’s rearview mirror, immigration reform advocates from across the spectrum are ramping up the pressure on lawmakers to pass a far-reaching overhaul this year. The more aggressive wing of the immigration reform community is launching a “week of escalation” that will target the top three House GOP leaders and roughly two dozen other Republican lawmakers. Their goal is a vote on immigration reform this year. And the Evangelical Immigration Table is releasing a letter Monday signed by top faith leaders — a missive that comes amid a nationwide prayer blitz for reform.
October 18, 2013 - Fox News Latino
They’re calling it a "fly-in." From all around the United States, some 300 conservative leaders from various religious denominations, the agricultural industry, law enforcement and business sector are planning to travel to Washington on Oct. 28 to press Republican lawmakers to work on a comprehensive immigration bill, reported USA Today.
October 17, 2013 - National Journal (Noorani Op-Ed)
The road to bipartisan immigration reform has been bumpier in the House, where Republican leaders are choosing a different path toward reform—and where the conversation has stalled amid budget and debt-ceiling debates. But, to warp the old Mark Twain quote, reports of immigration reform's death are an exaggeration. The reason is the same one that has propelled the debate all year long: Americans across the political spectrum are ready for reform. They want an immigration process that honors our values of equality, fairness, and hard work.
October 16, 2013 - Al Jazeera America
The Trust Act is California’s response to tough laws in states like Arizona, Alabama and Georgia that restrict the rights of those in the United States illegally and encourage local officers to check the immigration status of people stopped for minor infractions. With national comprehensive immigration reform stalled in Congress, the California law marks the boldest move yet by a state to restrict the reach of federal agencies to detain and deport undocumented immigrants. Now other states, including Massachusetts and Connecticut, have either begun or are considering legislative action on versions of the Trust Act.
October 14, 2013 - USA Today
About 300 conservatives from around the country and with varying backgrounds — pastors, farmers, police chiefs, business owners — will arrive in Washington on Oct. 28 to meet with Republican lawmakers and make a conservative pitch for a new immigration law. Participants in the "fly-in" say they can better speak to the conservative members of the U.S. House since they share many ideals on government.
October 03, 2013 - Al Jazeera America
Immigration advocates praised the House plan as an attempt to mobilize the immigration debate in Congress. "Clearly, both Democrats and Republicans are hearing the call for broad immigration reform," Ali Noorani, executive director of the National Immigration Forum, said in a statement. "This call is coming from constituents across the political spectrum. Today's announcement continues the conversation in Congress."
September 26, 2013 - Bloomberg
Imagine if Congress mandated that an arbitrary number of jail cells be filled with prisoners -- regardless of the crime rate. Authorities would be required to incarcerate people, no matter the circumstances or the affront to human rights. That’s basically the state of immigration detention in the U.S.
September 24, 2013 - Washington Post
A sharp drop in the number of unauthorized immigrants in the United States that accompanied the start of the Great Recession has leveled off in recent years and could be ticking back upward as the economy improves, according to a report released Monday. In all, the analysis from the Pew Research Center estimated that there were 11.7 million immigrants living in the country illegally in March 2012. That was down from an all-time high of 12.2 million in 2007, a year before the stock market collapsed, but it represented a slight increase from the estimated 11.3 million in 2009, during the worst year of the recession.
September 24, 2013 - National Review
Supporters of the Gang of Eight immigration-reform bill were dealt a blow last week, with the announcement that the Senate gang’s House counterpart was breaking up. And although the Gang’s opponents remain vigilant, the conventional wisdom suggests that President Obama is unlikely to sign an immigration-reform bill into law this year.