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Budget deal may clear decks for immigration in January

December 16, 2013 - USA Today

WASHINGTON — If the Senate manages to pass a long-term budget deal Tuesday, the next item on the agenda for Congress could be even harder: immigration. Republican leaders, led by House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, have deemed immigration legislation a priority in the new year. The Senate is expected to pass Tuesday a bipartisan budget deal for the next two years that would clear the legislative calendar and eliminate the threat of a government shutdown in January. And even Bob Dane, whose Federation for American Immigration Reform strongly opposes a bill, concedes that at this point, "the ground is very fertile" for an immigration bill.

Don’t expect Boehner to totally change his tune

December 13, 2013 - CNN

House Speaker John Boehner may have stood up to conservative arm-twisters and embraced bipartisanship in moving a budget agreement through the House, but insiders don't see it as the start of a sea change on Capitol Hill. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is one who was pragmatic about Boehner's new and strident public tone this week toward several influential conservative groups that have questioned his leadership and blasted the compromise budget plan approved Thursday.

Immigration reform: If not now, when?

December 10, 2013 - Medill News Service

The reform movement has backing from evangelical Christians, Democrats and many Republicans. There are political arguments, economic arguments and moral arguments. Advocates have protested, marched, prayed and fasted for reform. Ali Noorani, executive director of the National Immigration Forum and an advocate for immigration for the last decade, said the political climate at this time is unprecedented because “the politics, the policy and the humanity are meeting at precisely the right moment.”

Anti-Defamation League rings in 100th anniversary with panel on immigration reform

December 06, 2013 - Sampan

The panel featured three guest speakers: Jose Vargas, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, filmmaker and founder of the Define America campaign; Ali Noorani, executive director of the National Immigration Forum in Washington, D.C.; and Rev. Cheng Imm Tan, director of the Mayor’s Office of New Bostonians. All of the panelists emphasized the flaws behind current immigration laws and called for change.

How GOP is responding to immigration reform

December 04, 2013 - MSNBC

As activists look for new ways to push for immigration reform, the NOW panel discusses how different factions on the Right are responding to the issue. (Starts at 8:20)

4 ways how immigration reform still could happen – or not

November 25, 2013 - CNN

Traveling Monday in California, Obama is expected again to call on House Republicans to take up the bill already passed by the Senate or some elements of immigration reform. With the growing Latino population, the national Republican Party understands it must embrace the immigration issue. Additionally, the public supports action. Two polls released this month show an overwhelming majority of Americans -- 63% in a Public Religion Research Institute survey and 57% in a Quinnipiac poll -- support a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants. But some factions within the Republican base are adamantly opposed to any legislation that includes a path to citizenship. This division creates a challenge for Republicans. Their answer: maybe later.

Hundreds held in Canada’s immigration cells

November 18, 2013 - Toronto Star

In 2012, border enforcement officials detained a total of 9,571 people. While the three CBSA-run immigration holding centres — in Greater Toronto, Vancouver and Laval, Que. — held about 70 per cent of the detainees, the rest were detained in provincial correctional facilities. (By comparison, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security held a total of 429,247 in 2011, and has an immigration detention capacity of 34,000 on any given day, according to a recent report by the National Immigration Forum, a Washington-based think tank. It costs the U.S. government US$159 per day per detainee, compared to $239 in Canada.)

Will Congress Address Immigration Reform? If so,When?

November 15, 2013 - Associated Press/Equal Voice News

WASHINGTON (AP) — Speaker John Boehner said this week that the House will not hold formal, compromise talks on the Senate-passed comprehensive immigration bill, a fresh signal from the Republican leadership that the issue is dead for the year. The slow, relatively quiet death came more than four months after the Senate, on a bipartisan vote, passed a far-reaching bill that would provide a path to citizenship for the 11 million immigrants living in the country illegally and tighten border security.

Obama Pushing Immigration as New Doubts Emerge in House

November 13, 2013 - Wall Street Journal

President Barack Obama brainstormed at the White House Wednesday with religious leaders over how to persuade House Republicans to move on the issue. Last week, the president met with business executives to urge them to speak out for action. He is planning other immigration events on the road, with a mix of national and local outreach, both behind the scenes and publicly. On Tuesday, Vice President Joe Biden talked to Roman Catholic leaders.

Forecast on immigration reform? It’s getting murkier and time’s running out

November 08, 2013 - NBC Latino

There have been efforts to crystal ball the future of immigration reform and more specifically what the House plans to do this year or next. What’s becoming clear is that there’s once again a split in the GOP, some of it fed by the upcoming 2014 elections, that the House leadership must navigate to a resolution that satisfies most of its rank-and-file. Speaking at a National Journal forum Thursday, Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., said the window for passing immigration reform is open until March.


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