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The Madness of U.S. Immigration Policy, Continued

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.

Number of illegal immigrants dropped during recession, study finds

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.

Goodlatte Boosts the Gang of Eight

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.

Immigration Advocates Consider a Compromise

September 22, 2013 - Wall Street Journal

Frustrated by inaction in the House, advocates of a broad overhaul of immigration law are considering whether to compromise on a core demand—that the nation's 11 million illegal immigrants be offered a pathway to citizenship. For those open to it, the idea marks a strategic retreat aimed at moving legislation through the Republican-led House. Some GOP lawmakers who oppose broad citizenship rights have said they might agree to offer some other kind of legal status.

On immigration, GOP swing votes try to have it both ways

September 20, 2013 - MSNBC

FORT MORGAN, CO – Jose Munoz can’t understand why Congressman Cory Gardner won’t give him a straight answer on immigration. Munoz, a 25-year old volunteer with the Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition, was one of many attendees at Gardner’s first town hall of the summer eager to hear their congressman address the topic. Just a week earlier on July 29, Gardner met privately with group members who left feeling encouraged.

Local companies help their employees become U.S. citizens

September 17, 2013 - Miami Herald

For some employees of Baptist Health South Florida, the path to U.S. Citizenship started Tuesday. The non-profit health organization partnered up with the National Immigration Forum to provide free on-site assistance to employees eligible to become American citizens. They held a special information session on Tuesday, which was National Citizenship Day. “This is what this country is all about,” said Jose Soriano, 50, who was there to support his wife Dinorah. “It doesn't matter what color you are or what religion you practice. This is a great opportunity.”

Encouraging Citizenship: A Win-Win for Businesses, Their Employees and Our Economy

September 17, 2013 - Huffington Post (Noorani Op-Ed)

Two-hundred-twenty-six years ago, the U.S. Constitutional Convention signed the document our nation looks to as a beacon for guidance on the toughest issues we face. Sept. 17, "Constitution Day and Citizenship Day" gives us an opportunity to recognize and celebrate all who have become or aspire to become citizens of the United States, pledging to "support and defend the Constitution and law of the United States of America." On this Citizenship Day, we must recognize the many benefits citizenship brings to immigrants and to our country. We are a better place when immigrants follow through, become citizens and become fully accountable in our American democracy.

Baptist Health joins groups nationwide seeking new Americans on National Citizenship Day

September 17, 2013 - Associated Press (Florida)

MIAMI — Baptist Health South Florida is hosting on-site workshops for potential new citizens this week to mark National Citizenship day Tuesday. The company is one of about a dozen businesses in California, Florida and Washington D.C. that are part of a pilot program to help their employees make the leap to citizenship. The National Immigration Forum is behind the program dubbed the Bethlehem Project.

Congress Hits the Brakes on Immigration Reform

September 10, 2013 - Bloomberg Businessweek

This week, advocates of comprehensive immigration reform will stage events in Washington, where they’ll try to make news by getting arrested. Next week, they’ll make noise outside the D.C. offices of corporations that give big money to Republicans and are believed to have sway over them on the issue. On Oct. 5, activists will hold rallies in more than 60 other cities. Will any of this get Congress’s attention? Earlier this year, the prospects for immigration reform looked somewhat promising after the Senate approved a bill with bipartisan backing just six months into the start of the new Congress.

Immigration shoved to back burner as Congress returns

September 07, 2013 - Connecticut Post

WASHINGTON -- Lawmakers return to Congress this week to face decisions on Syria, the debt ceiling and funding Obamacare. Relegated to the back burner is immigration reform, which, going into the summer recess, was a hot topic on Capitol Hill. With Congress' attention distracted in so many directions, some say the prospects for passage of immigration reform have diminished despite efforts to energize voters and confront wavering lawmakers.


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