Forum in the News
November 02, 2012 - Congressional Quarterly
Republicans such as former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush or former White House strategist Karl Rove who have both called on the GOP to soften its stance on immigration, said Ali Noorani, executive director of the National Immigration Forum, which advocates on behalf of immigrants. “He’ll be able to point to pressure from conservatives as a reason to engage in a practical conversation,” he said.
November 01, 2012 - Houston Chronicle
The volume of cases pending in Houston's overburdened immigration courts has swelled by more than 160 percent over the past three years, new data shows, leading to long delays for immigrants and crowded court dockets for judges. "It's absolutely ridiculous what we're seeing right now," said Raed Gonzalez, a Houston immigration attorney who said local cases are now being scheduled for hearings in late 2014. "It's exhausting the judges. They're being overworked. It's unreal."
November 01, 2012 - San Antonio Express-News
Immigration courts are failing to keep up with caseloads while delays have prolonged deportation proceedings, leaving some immigrants in detention, according to a critical report issued Thursday. Ali Noorani with the National Immigration Forum, an immigrant rights group, seized on the report to call on Congress and the Obama administration to “focus on delivering justice in the immigration courts.” “Otherwise, immigrants languish in detention, awaiting a hearing, while costs to the government mount,” Noorani said.
October 30, 2012 - Voice of America
Comprehensive immigration reform, more border security and self-deportation are some of the terms used when talking about the controversial issue of illegal immigration in the United States. With the clock ticking until the next presidential election, both candidates have to clarify their specific plans to bring an estimated 11 million of undocumented immigrants out of the shadows.
October 30, 2012 - National Journal
No matter who wins on Election Day, the president-elect will wake up on Nov. 7 to an immigration-policy challenge intensified by our nation’s demographics shift. But that shift also offers former Gov. Mitt Romney or Obama a unique opportunity to keep a campaign promise they both made: to pass immigration reform in 2013.
October 26, 2012 - Main Justice
“They call me a RINO (Republican in Name Only). I call myself a pragmatic conservative,” says Shurtleff, who was elected three times in Utah with an average of 64.9 percent of the vote. Main Justice caught up with Shurtleff recently to ask what drives his views. In an era of deep partisan divisions, he’s unusual for his willingness to buck conservative orthodoxy in favor of practical solutions to law enforcement.
October 26, 2012 - Tides Momentum Magazine
This is the new consensus on immigrants and America that is sweeping across our country – a consensus no political leader will be able to ignore. People who hold a Bible, wear a badge or own a business are all stepping forward and acknowledging that our politics around immigration are stuck in the mud and that America deserves a new, forward-looking immigration process.
October 25, 2012 - Voxxi
NIF pointed to what they consider is a “key” example of the growing chorus of conservative voices for immigration reform. Prominent conservative leader Grover Norquist two weeks ago “spoke about the need for Republicans to get it right on immigration during their Midwest Summit.”
October 25, 2012 - USA Today
Noorani said the renewed rise in illegal immigration simply shows that the country's legal immigration system remains broken. "Now that our economy is recovering, the bigger question is: How is our immigration system going to serve a growing economy?" he said.
October 18, 2012 - Time Warner Cable
When it comes to laying out how each would create comprehensive immigration reform and get it through Congress, details were scarce. "What's the policy framework, what does legalization mean? What does border security mean? Etcetera. But also how will, whether it's Romney or Obama, bring republicans and democrats together?" asked Ali Noorani, National Immigration Forum Executive Director.