Forum in the News
November 06, 2013 - The Hill
The AFL-CIO launched a major television ad campaign on Wednesday, taking House Republicans to task for the stalled work on immigration reform. The ads will target GOP members who live in districts with large Hispanic populations and is part of a broader effort by the labor movement to push the House into taking action. AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on Tuesday said Republicans would pay a price at the ballot box if immigration reform runs aground in the House.
October 30, 2013 - UPI
For many business leaders, evangelicals and law enforcement officials, acceptable immigration reform would include a pathway to citizenship, paired with increased border security. The goal would be to provide visas to immigrants to fill certain labor-intensive jobs and to allow talented and educated newcomers to remain in the country. Business leaders believe immigrants would add much needed support to the country’s work force, particularly in the agricultural industry where nearly 70 percent of farm workers are undocumented, according to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
October 30, 2013 - UPI
Their goal was to persuade the lawmakers to go beyond just supporting immigration reform and take leadership in the name of the Republican Party on broad immigration overhaul, including some sort of legal status for the nearly 12 million immigrants living in the United States illegally. "Our plea is to act now, do it now, lead," Stan Lockhart, a former chairman of the Utah Republican Party, told The New York Times. A study by the non-profit Bipartisan Policy Center released at the event found broad immigration overhaul would expand the U.S. gross domestic product nearly 3 percent over a decade.
October 30, 2013 - New America Media
WASHINGTON, D.C. — More than 600 conservative leaders from close to 40 states called on House Republicans to vote on immigration reform this year. In more than 100 meetings with members of Congress, the coalition of Bibles, Badges and Business leaders discussed the need for reform for our nation’s economy, security and moral integrity. Support also spread on social media, including more than 10,000 tweets so far this week at #Ready4Reform, an effort that will continue as the House of Representatives decides how to proceed in coming days and weeks.
October 29, 2013 - VOXXI
“Immigration reform remains a top priority for the business community, and the Chamber and our partners will continue to do everything we can to make the case for reform this year,” said Bruce Josten, the U.S. Chamber’s executive vice president for government affairs. More than 600 conservative leaders from nearly 40 states across the country delivered on Tuesday a unified message to more than 100 members of Congress: The House of Representatives needs to move forward this year on broad immigration reform.
October 29, 2013 - Politico
More than 600 conservative-friendly officials and activists are descending on Capitol Hill Tuesday for a lobbying blitz targeting a wide range of House lawmakers, primarily Republicans, on immigration reform. The effort spans lawmakers from about 120 congressional districts in about 40 states, said Josh Breisblatt, the advocacy and policy associate for the National Immigration Forum. It’s meant to make the conservative case for immigration reform to lawmakers by bringing business experts, religious leaders and law enforcement officials to the Hill.
October 29, 2013 - New York Times
Heading to Washington to spend Tuesday urging House Republicans to take up a broad immigration overhaul, the team of Utah business leaders buttonholed several members of their state’s congressional delegation — Republican Senators Orrin Hatch and Mike Lee, and Representatives Jim Matheson, a Democrat, and Chris Stewart, a Republican — as the lawmakers waited to board their flight Monday at the Salt Lake City airport. “Our plea is to act now, do it now, lead,” Stan Lockhart, a former chairman of the Utah Republican Party, said in an interview Tuesday as he explained the group’s basic pitch. “Ask House leadership to lead and let’s pass what’s possible now.”
October 29, 2013 - Huffington Post
"It's better than no movement at all. We have to get it solved, so we'll take the way of moving the ball a few yards down the field," Mulet said. "We're not looking for touchdown right now, we're not even looking for a field goal. ... Let's just get another down."
October 29, 2013 - Hanford Sentinel
Valadao’s announcement comes amid mounting pressure from immigration reform advocates that Congress do something. Today, 600 business, faith and law enforcement leaders staged a “fly-in” to Washington to push legislators to act. The blitz, sponsored in part by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the nonpartisan group Bibles, Badges and Business for Immigration Reform, targeted 80 House members in 40 states.
October 29, 2013 - Arizona Republic
Lawmakers have come under an unprecedented wave of lobbying from immigration-reform supporters on the right and left in recent days, keeping hopes for the legislation alive in the Republican-controlled House of Representatives. A small legion of pro- reform business, religious and law-enforcement leaders have converged on Capitol Hill this week to press lawmakers for action, and a comprehensive Democratic bill won its first GOP supporters. At the same time, immigrant advocates also are visiting congressional offices and holding prayer vigils outside lawmakers’ residences, as happened last week at the Peoria home of U.S. Rep. Trent Franks, R-Ariz.