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ASU alumni lobby for immigration reform

December 06, 2012 - State Press (Arizona State University)

Three ASU alumni traveled to Washington, D.C., this week to ask Congress to prioritize immigration reform as a part of the National Strategy Session of the National Immigration Forum.More than 250 business, law enforcement and faith leaders gathered at the strategy session to emphasize the need for reform in 2013, according to a press release from the National Immigration Forum

Northwest Agriculture Industry Participates In National Immigration Forum

December 05, 2012 - Northwest Public Radio

After the presidential election last month, scores of faith, law enforcement and business leaders gathered with an overhaul of the nation’s immigration policies as the goal. Northwest farmers are especially interested because many of them have been facing a serious worker shortage. But the effort is also getting support from some evangelicals, conservatives along with liberals.

Immigration Coalition Calls Out ‘Small’ Anti-Amnesty Faction of GOP

December 05, 2012 - Christian Post

Business owners, law enforcement officials and evangelicals attending this week's National Immigration Forum in Washington, D.C., converged Tuesday to call out the "small minority" of the Republican Party that is halting immigration reform and urged for bipartisan effort to pass reform. The bipartisan coalition has representatives from the conservative states of Utah and Texas, and Hispanics and faith leaders who are vocal proponents for policies that keep immigrant families together.

Pro-Immigration Conservatives Seek Moral High Ground

December 05, 2012 - ABC News/Univision

On Tuesday, the National Immigration Forum kicked off a two-day confab that included 250 leaders from law enforcement, business, and faith groups from more than 26 states to strategize and meet with lawmakers and White House officials. And the pitch that conservatives made was more often than not based on moral reasoning in addition to economics.

Republicans should rally around immigration reform, Shurtleff says

December 04, 2012 - Salt Lake Tribune

Congressional Republicans should embrace broad immigration reform, including a pathway to citizenship for those in the country illegally, Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff and other GOP activists urged Tuesday. They joined like-minded religious leaders and law enforcement officials at the National Press Club to kick off a two-day strategy session sponsored by the National Immigration Forum.

Praising Immigrants, Bush Leads Conservative Appeal for G.O.P. to Soften Tone

December 04, 2012 - New York Times

Looking for new footing on immigration before a debate on the volatile issue in Congress next year, Republicans and conservative leaders spoke out this week, raising arguments that immigration is good for the ailing economy and consistent with family values. In Washington, leaders of a coalition that unites conservative law enforcement officials and clergy with business leaders — they described themselves as “Bibles, badges and business” — held a strategy session Tuesday on how to push for a comprehensive overhaul of immigration laws.

Bibles, Badges, Businesses Call for Immigration Reform

December 04, 2012 - National Journal

A bipartisan coalition of religious, business, and law-enforcement leaders is asking for federal comprehensive immigration reform that includes a path to citizenship for those in the country illegally. The group met in Washington on Tuesday to pressure Congress and the White House to make immigration reform its “first priority” in 2013. “The country is hungry for Congress to work together,” said Jim Wallis, of Sojourners, a social-justice ministry. “Comprehensive immigration reform is that common ground.”

From Distinct Political Voices, a Clarion Call for Immigration Reform

December 04, 2012 - National Journal

Americans disagree on a lot of things. Taxes, same-sex marriage, climate change, to name a few, divide the U.S. in one way or another. But immigration is different. Those who differ on taxes agree on the need for a 21st-century immigration process. Those who disagree on the definition of marriage agree the undocumented should have the opportunity to become citizens. Those who debate climate change agree families must remain united. Americans are ready for a new immigration solution. Is Washington?

Shurtleff to take federal lobbying job

December 04, 2012 - Salt Lake Tribune

Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff will become a federal lobbyist next month after he leaves the elected position he’s held for a dozen years. Shurtleff mentioned his new plans to The Salt Lake Tribune while in Washington, D.C., for an immigration reform summit, noting that he plans to spend considerable time in the nation’s capital in the months to come.

Drafter of Utah Compact calls document ‘gold standard’ for fixing nation’s immigration problems

December 04, 2012 - Deseret News

Some 450 faith, law enforcement and business leaders are taking part in the National Immigration Forum's National Strategy Session conducted Tuesday in Washington, D.C. to urge the incoming Congress and the Obama administration to make immigration reform a priority in 2013. Tuesday's strategy session capped a series of summits nationwide, one of which was hosted by Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff in Salt Lake City in October 2011.


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