Forum in the News
February 18, 2014 - The Globe and Mail
The long campaign to reshape U.S. immigration laws has stalled as Republicans wrestle with internal divisions over an issue that could hold the key to the party’s future. Immigration reform was supposed to be the rare area where both major political parties were keen to demonstrate progress: Democrats have long promised legislative fixes but never delivered, while Republicans want to repair their standing with Hispanic voters after getting snubbed in the 2012 elections.
February 10, 2014 - Politico
Immigration reform advocates are done playing nice with House Republicans. After holding their fire for years at the urging of the Obama administration, several immigration reform groups now plan to unleash their anger at the right. A new, more aggressive campaign kicks off Tuesday, when these groups say they will begin confronting Republican lawmakers at public appearances, congressional hearings and events back in home districts. The goal: Shame Republicans in swing districts into taking up the issue — or make them pay at the ballot box in November.
February 09, 2014 - Politico
The Gang of Eight leader’s plan: Pass a law this year, but don’t allow it to actually start taking place until 2017 – when President Barack Obama leaves office. That’s meant to target the heart of House GOP resistance to taking up immigration measures this year – that they simply don’t trust Obama to implement the law, particularly provisions on border security and interior enforcement.
February 07, 2014 - MSNBC
Boehner’s comments that immigration bills would “difficult to move” until Obama can improve his standing with Republicans came just days after House GOP leaders released a rough framework for immigration reform that included a legalization program for undocumented immigrants. The Senate passed a bipartisan bill last June addressing the same broad issues raised in the House principles.
February 04, 2014 - Orange County Register
“There will be no special path to citizenship for individuals who broke our nation's immigration laws – that would be unfair to those immigrants who have played by the rules and harmful to promoting the rule of law,” reads the document. But the one-page set of principles does offer a path to living in the country “legally and without fear.” Fernandez and his friends are not alone in welcoming the idea.
January 31, 2014 - In the Capital
The National Immigration Forum also issued a statement commending Republicans for showing “sincere intentions” to tackle immigration reform. “With today’s release of these standards, House leaders are showing their sincere intentions to take action on commonsense immigration reform this Congress,” Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum said in a statement. “Republicans and Democrats now must commit to a respectful debate that moves us forward as a nation of immigrants and a nation of laws.”
January 30, 2014 - Washington Post
Immigration reform advocates expressed encouragement Thursday at the new set of principles on the issue put forward by House GOP leaders. The principles suggested an openness to legalizing the millions of illegal immigrants currently in the country but did not embrace a new path to citizenship for them. Pro-immigration reform groups generally said they were pleased but also expressed the need for action.
January 30, 2014 - USA Today
Supporters of an overhaul of immigration laws said they were encouraged to see House Republicans get involved in the immigration debate. It's been more than a year since the Senate began working on its bill and seven months since it passed. "This is the first time House leadership has said, 'This is where we're going,' " said Ali Noorani, executive director of the National Immigration Forum, a group that supported the Senate immigration bill. "You cannot overstate House leadership laying out principles for immigration reform that are thoughtful and pragmatic."
January 30, 2014 - MSNBC
CAMBRIDGE, MD – House Republican leaders support an immigration reform package that would provide legal status for many of the nation’s 11.7 million unauthorized immigrants, offer a pathway to citizenship to undocumented youth, bolster border security, and expand legal immigration, according to a draft framework released on Thursday. House Speaker John Boehner unveiled the principles to his caucus in a meeting Thursday at their annual retreat in Cambridge, Md.
January 30, 2014 - Fox News
As the heated topic of comprehensive immigration reform once again rears its head in Washington, some who spend their lives working in the trenches are worried. Those who are immersed in the nation’s immigration courts say lawmakers need to focus on not just the creation of new immigration laws, but also on restructuring courts so they can handle millions of potential new cases being added to a system that’s already bursting at the seams.