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July 11, 2013 - Yahoo News
After months of being told to hurry up on immigration, it's time to wait. House Republicans said they plan to act, but not in haste, after huddling in a closed-door meeting to discuss how to proceed on an immigration bill. While the chamber intends to proceed on immigration, Speaker John Boehner reiterated on Thursday that the House would not take up the Senate immigration bill that passed last month with bipartisan support. Several House Republicans offered their perspectives on the issue during their meeting, Boehner said, concluding that “a vast majority” of the conference wants to see a bill passed that addresses border enforcement and the approximately 11 million immigrants living in the U.S. illegally.
July 09, 2013 - Green Valley News (Arizona)
We have been working for a sane immigration policy for decades and the opportunity is at hand to achieve that goal. Since the repeal of the Bracero program in the 1960s, which had many flaws, and the lack of enforcement of immigration law after the Simpson-Mazzoli Bill of 1986, the absence of a rational immigration/guest workers policy has crippled our economy and caused immense human misery. With 68 votes, the U.S. Senate voted out a bipartisan bill on June 27. We believe this is the best opportunity ever to pass sensible immigration reform.
July 02, 2013 - ABC/Univision
Immigration reform cleared the Senate last week with a convincing amount of support from Republicans. Years of organizing and activism helped make that happen. But passing a bill through the House is a much bigger challenge. It's controlled by Republicans who can be downright antagonistic toward what is arguably the centerpiece of the legislation: a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants.
June 28, 2013 - New York Times
Even as they were popping corks on Thursday night after a strong bipartisan vote in the Senate to pass an immigration bill, supporters of the overhaul were laying plans for the far more difficult task of moving something similar through the Republican-controlled House. While supporters are hardly confident, they say House Republicans will soon discover a crucial difference this year from failed immigration efforts of the past. They say their coalition is broader and far more energized and committed than in 2007.
June 28, 2013 - Gannett News Service
Immigration reform advocates and opponents are turning their attention to the House after the Senate’s passage of a landmark immigration reform bill to boost border security and provide a pathway to citizenship for many of the 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the United States. The Senate passed the historic 1,200-plus page bill Thursday by a vote of 68-32. Fourteen Republican senators joined all 52 Democrats and two independents to pass the bill, which was crafted by a bipartisan “Gang of Eight” senators that included Arizona Republicans John McCain and Jeff Flake.
June 28, 2013 -
Evangelical Christians, law enforcement officers and agricultural employers aren’t normally seen working alongside each other pushing for political change. To make sure their voices are heard in the contentious immigration reform debate, people of faith and business leaders including grower-shippers are joining police and sheriff’s officers to try to build a new consensus on the issue. Started in 2010, the Bibles, Badges and Business for Immigration Reform program is an interesting marriage of policy and morality working to fix a long-broken system by looking beyond their political differences and into the eyes of the farmworkers.
June 27, 2013 - USA Today
A "border surge" plan approved by the Senate on Wednesday to attract conservatives worried about border security has enraged liberal groups, with one even withdrawing its support for the bill. "This bill has some really tough spots. Certain pats of the movement don't feel it's part of the price of admission," said Ali Noorani, executive director of the National Immigration Forum. "But winning legislation that's bipartisan means that not everybody is going to be happy."
June 27, 2013 - Fox News Latino
The United States Senate is on the verge of making history. Bipartisan passage of commonsense immigration reform. Just 12 months ago, all of us would have thought it out of the question. But two dramatic changes have taken place — changes that have created unparalleled bipartisan momentum for a new immigration process that honors our nation’s values and includes a clear roadmap to citizenship for aspiring Americans.
June 27, 2013 - The Gate (Illinois)
A bill that could potentially reshape the nation’s immigration system was approved by the Senate Thursday. The Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act (S-744), passed by a vote of 68-32.“Attention now turns to the House of Representatives,” said Ali Noorani, executive director at the National Immigration Forum, in a statement. “House leaders must come together in the same bipartisan spirit that defined the Senate debate.”
June 24, 2013 - USA Today
The Senate took a major step toward overhauling the nation's immigration laws Monday when it cleared the way for an amendment to bolster border security on a 67-27 vote. The amendment, crafted by Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., and Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., adds nearly 20,000 Border Patrol agents to southwest border with Mexico and keeps the Senate on track to pass the entire bill by the end of the week. "Having passed this amendment, each step becomes easier," said Ali Noorani, executive director of the National Immigration Forum, a group that supports the bill. "The legislation is on the road to passage."