Forum in the News
October 01, 2012 - Huffington Post
Our political leaders have not been able to break through the logjam of inaction on immigration. Coupled with an enforcement crackdown by the Obama administration, this inertia is leaving farmers across the country in crisis, with too few hands for the harvest this season.
September 28, 2012 - Seattle Times
Ali Noorani, executive director of the National Immigration Forum, a pro-immigration advocacy group, agreed Microsoft's proposal addresses only one part of the nation's need for temporary workers of all skill levels. "Addressing the labor needs for technology firms in Silicon Valley will not help the Georgia farmer whose onions are rotting on the vine," Noorani said.
September 27, 2012 - Miami Herald
Diana B. Diaz, one of 710,000 Florida immigrants eligible for citizenship, achieved that dream Sept. 14 at a ceremony in Tampa. “This country allows you to be successful. It offers possibility,” she declared as she became one of one of our newest, and proudest, American citizens.
September 26, 2012 - CNBC
In several recent columns, CNBC.com senior editor John Carney has dismissed any notion of a farm labor crisis, claiming that record farm profits suggest no such crisis exists. The senior editor’s all too common error is to grossly oversimplify American agriculture and draw the wrong conclusions as a result.
September 24, 2012 - Huffington Post
"America's economy needs the skilled farmworker as much as it needs the skilled engineer," said Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum, in a statement. Indeed, our farms are faltering due to lack of farm hands, thanks in large measure to anti-immigrant policies and sentiment.
September 21, 2012 - NationalJournal.com
If you’ve seen a “Now Hiring” sign in front of a new business lately, the odds are good that an immigrant is at the helm. America’s immigrants opened more than a quarter of all new businesses in 2011, and per capita, they’re more than twice as likely to do so as people who were born here.
September 20, 2012 - Cronkite News
With harvest season for many crops approaching, farms in Arizona need workers to help bring the crops in. But that help is getting harder to find, farmers say, as patchwork immigration laws and federal visa issues often get in the way.
September 20, 2012 - HeraldNet.com
WASHINGTON -- The United States can no longer afford to train foreign scientists and engineers and then send them back home to work for the nation's competitors, say lawmakers who are expected to vote Thursday on whether to grant thousands of visas to highly skilled foreign-born graduates.
September 12, 2012 - The Town Talk (AP)
WASHINGTON The Obama administration began notifying some young illegal immigrants this week that they can stay in the country without fear of deportation for up to two years.
September 12, 2012 - Hispanically Speaking News
Click Here to Enlarge Photo Civil and political leaders from the Latino community meeting Tuesday for the annual conference of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute are confident that the presidential term that begins in 2013 will see the approval of immigration reform.