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The Winners in Immigration Control: Private Prisons

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.

Local forum on immigration bill set today

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.

Catholic Church Steps up Immigration Support, Preaching Message from Pews

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."

Detention Costs Convey Immigration Reform’s Urgency (Noorani Op-Ed)

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.

Catholic Leaders Step up Immigration Drive

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.

Catholic Leaders to Take Immigration Push to the Pews

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.

Evangelical group to back immigration reform

August 21, 2013 - USA Today

WASHINGTON -- A coalition of evangelical Christians will spend more than $400,000 on radio ads urging members of Congress to support immigration reform that includes a path to citizenship for most of the 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the United States. The ads, which will run mainly on Christian radio stations this month, are aimed at spurring evangelicals to lobby their lawmakers to support reform. The ad buy is the largest to date by the Evangelical Immigration Table, which has spent nearly $1 million since its founding 14 months ago.

Pro-Immigration Reform Evangelical Group Makes $400,000 Ad Buy

August 20, 2013 - Huffington Post

WASHINGTON -- Evangelical Immigration Table, a coalition of evangelical Christian leaders, launched its biggest ad buy yet Tuesday in support of comprehensive immigration reform, spending $400,000 on radio ads airing in 56 congressional districts represented by Republicans. The group supports comprehensive immigration reform with a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, which has stalled in the House of Representatives after Republican lawmakers there declined to take up a bill that passed the Senate in June. The ads will air on Christian and other radio stations in Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Missouri, Oklahoma, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas and Wisconsin.

Immigration Roundup: Happy Birthday, DACA

August 20, 2013 - Bloomberg BNA

One year has passed since U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services implemented the deferred action for childhood arrivals program, and DACA’s Aug. 15 birthday was celebrated as a success for the young, undocumented immigrants who benefited from the program. The anniversary has also been used as a rallying point for more permanent, legislative changes to the country’s immigration system. DACA—which prevents deportation and grants work permits to young, undocumented immigrants who came to the country as children, provided they meet certain criteria—was launched Aug. 15, 2012, just two months after Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announced the Obama administration initiative.

Immigration discussion comes to UW-Marathon County

August 15, 2013 - WSAU-FM (Wisconsin)

WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAU) - A group of community leaders met in Wausau yesterday to talk about immigration reform and how it affects central and northern Wisconsin. The forum was organized by the Bibles, Badges and Businesses group, with representatives from the evangelical, industry and public safety sectors. Among those speaking at the event at UW-Marathon County yesterday were Oconto dairy farmer Tim O’Harrow Wisconsin Restaurant association president Ed Lump, and John Huebscher of the Wisconsin Catholic Conference. Sheriff Scott Parks also appeared to talk about how immigration is affecting the county.

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