Forum in the News
December 24, 2012 - Christian Science Monitor
The Obama administration deported at least 400,000 illegal immigrants in fiscal year 2012, a new record. It emphasizes deporting 'criminal aliens' to protect public safety, but the high figure serves to remind Latinos of the president's unfilled pledge to reform immigration policy.
December 23, 2012 - Press-Enterprise
As Congress prepares to discuss immigration reform, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement released data showing a record number of deportations. Nearly 400,000 people were deported in fiscal year 2012, according to ICE. That compares with 397,000 in the previous year.
December 21, 2012 - USA Today
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Director John Morton said his agents are deporting more criminals than ever before. For the fourth year in a row, the Obama administration set a record for the number of people it deported.
December 21, 2012 - New America Media
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Director John Morton on Friday announced that the agency had deported 409,849 individuals in 2012. Of the 409,849 individuals removed this year, approximately 55 percent were convicted of felonies or misdemeanors.
December 21, 2012 - Huffington Post
Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials announced on Friday that the agency surpassed its record number of deportations in the past fiscal year, but also will enact reform of a controversial immigration enforcement program that could lead to fewer non-criminal immigrants being removed from the country. The agency deported 409,849 immigrants in the 2012 fiscal year, up from 396,906 immigrants last year.
December 21, 2012 - Fox News Latino
The Obama administration hit another record high in the number of deportations – nearly 410,000 in the past year, immigration officials announced Friday. The officials framed the record rate – a point of contention among immigration advocates, including many Latino civil rights groups – as proof of its “focus on removing from the country convicted criminals and other individuals that fall into priority areas for enforcement.”
December 19, 2012 - National Catholic Register
“Americans are not divided by the immigration issue. Politicians use the issue to divide Americans.” That bold statement by Ali Noorani, executive director of the lobby group Forging a New Consensus on Immigrants and America, opened the organization’s Dec. 4-5 “National Strategy Session” in Washington. Forging Consensus is unique in that it has brought together “Bibles, badges and business” — that is, religious leaders, law enforcement and business people — who have general agreement on what immigration reform should look like to advocate for reform. Two hundred and fifty of them were at the Washington meeting, many of whom had participated in preparatory regional forums.
December 12, 2012 - The Hill
Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) said he's more optimistic about passing bipartisan immigration reform legislation now than he was before the 2012 election. "I am optimistic," Bennet, the incoming chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, said Wednesday. "Much more optimistic today than I was before this election that this Congress can legislate in a bipartisan way and pass significant immigration reform."
December 11, 2012 - Salt Lake Chamber Blog
The National Immigration Forum advocates for the value of immigrants and immigration to our nation. This past week they convened approximately 260 conservative leaders from 26 states in our nation’s capital to participate in a national strategy session. Billed as a gathering of people who own a business, wear a badge and carry a bible, the Forum sponsored a news conference at the National Press Club and arranged dozens of personal visits with legislative leaders on Capitol Hill.
December 10, 2012 - Politico
There’s another group of lesser-known GOP lawmakers expected to play an outsize role — both within the party and negotiating with Democrats — as Congress delves into an issue that could consume much of its bandwidth next year. “Each of them has a unique connection to the issue,” said Ali Noorani, executive director of the National Immigration Forum. “And they all have the intellect to create a rational compromise.”