Forum in the News
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.
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.
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.
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.
August 13, 2013 - Politico
Marco Rubio’s back in the ring on immigration reform and he’s got a new move: Congress needs to fix the problem — or Barack Obama will. The line is meant to touch a nerve with conservatives who might dislike the idea of immigration reform, but loathe the idea of Obama taking on any major issue on his own — let alone immigration. Rubio’s goal is to re-ignite momentum behind a reform package that fizzled this summer in the House, where most Republicans have balked at the idea of a path to citizenship for millions of undocumented workers. The fierce House “no” caucus argues its base doesn’t want immigration reform and passing it would just hand Obama a gift — and the Democratic Party millions of new voters.
August 13, 2013 - Washington Post (Rubin Post)
Politico tells us that Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), infamous for his bigoted comments on illegal aliens, is “hitting the trail” with his anti-immigrant screed. (“If you bring people from a violent civilization into a less-violent civilization, you’re going to have more violence right? It’s like pouring hot water into cold water, does it raise the temperature or not?”) But the thing is that no one — outside the Beltway — takes him all that seriously. The photo accompanying Politico’s report of an anti-immigration in Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s Richmond, Va., district shows exactly 14 people. (Politico claims a grand total of 60 attended the rally.) Polling shows King’s own constituents favor immigration reform.
August 13, 2013 - Las Vegas Sun
U.S. Rep. Joe Heck knows the “pathway to citizenship” is the sticky part of the immigration-reform debate that sends politicians into frazzled fits of tongue-tied constituent coddling. The second-term Republican congressman from Henderson has been more forthcoming about his thoughts than many of his GOP counterparts in the House. He calls the recently approved Senate plan to legalize the status and, after a decade or more, provide opportunities for citizenship to the 11 million immigrants residing in the country illegally “reasonable.”
August 13, 2013 - Las Vegas Review-Journal (Sebelius Column)
America is losing out on some of the world’s top talent in high-tech startups and entrepreneurs, because of a broken and backlogged immigration system. That was the message coming out of the first panel discussion at the South by Southwest V2V event, taking place today, Tuesday and Wednesday at the Cosmopolitan hotel in Las Vegas. Panelists included U.S. Rep. Joe Heck, who said easing the way for tech entrepreneurs and venture capitalists to immigrate to the United States should be a top priority of the immigration reform bill now pending in Congress. “This one is probably one of the most important [votes] to our country,” Heck said after the event.
August 13, 2013 - WYSO-FM (Ohio)
With Congress in recess and many congressmen returning to their home districts, activist groups are taking steps to get their attention. WYSO’s Jerry Kenney reports on one groups efforts. Hoping to get the attention of Congressman Michael Turner of Ohio’s 10th district - The Bibles, Badges and Business for Immigration Reform Network held a roundtable disccusion that featured local faith leaders, law enforcement, and members of the business community.
August 08, 2013 - Bustle
We all know the immigration system is broken. The infamous "Gang of Eight" unsuccessfully tried to fix it this summer, largely in hope of appealing to the growing Latino U.S population. In reality, we are more disallusioned than ever. Enter the Dream 9. The nine brave activists were held in a private detention center in Central Arizona for crossing the Mexico/U.S border without immigration papers to protest the historic amount of deportations under the Obama Administration. After two weeks of massive online and offline activism, they were released back into their American communities on Wednesday.