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KoreAm:

I believe that our strength as a country is a direct result of the diversity within our borders. That’s why, whether our families came here recently or 100 years ago, immigration reform should be our fight, too.

The Economist:

The number of working-age Americans rose by an average of 1.2% a year in the 1990s, and by a mere 0.4% in 2013. The proportion of them actually in the workforce has fallen from over 67% to less than 63%. The recession is partly to blame, because after years of joblessness some people have given up looking for work. That is one reason why boosting the recovery is important. The ageing of the baby-boomers is another reason. The number of people in their late 50s (when participation in the workforce starts to drop) and older is rising fast.

Both these vulnerabilities are exacerbated by a self-inflicted problem: policies that depress the supply of workers. Most damaging is America’s broken immigration system. Getting into the country has become much more difficult. The number of visas issued today for highly skilled people is a fraction of what it was in the 1990s, even as the number of unfilled vacancies for skilled workers soars. Deportations have surged and the southern border has become far harder to cross.

CNET:

Channeling the idea of a hackathon, Mark Zuckerberg's political action group uses coding and data mining to spark political action on immigration.

Welcoming America:

Throughout the month of June, Welcome.us, a new non-profit organization dedicated to celebrating a United States that is fueled by immigrants from around the world, will be celebrating the first-ever Immigrant Heritage Month. The goal of the month – which will bring together a dynamic coalition of individuals and organizations from Congressmen to celebrities – is to encourage every American to tell the story of how they first felt welcomed to the American experience.

POLITICO Magazine:

Poll after poll shows the majority of Americans support immigration reform, including a pathway to citizenship. So, let’s put the political nitpicking aside and deal with the situation.

Let’s start by instituting a process in which all undocumented immigrants receive permits to legally work here. Let’s provide them with the opportunity to get driver’s licenses and bank accounts—simple things that we all take for granted. The immigrants here illegally need jobs, want to work and are willing to take on jobs that are not appealing to many Americans. Additionally, many of them are exploited because of their illegal status in this country.

NBC News:

Ten young adults from Mexico, Colombia, Taiwan, Morocco, the Philippines and New Delhi will be recognized as "Champions of Change" at a White House ceremony on Tuesday. All of them had been brought to the U.S. as immigrant children and did not have legal status. After applying for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), they have become "success stories and role models," the White House said in a statement about the upcoming ceremony.

The Hill:

Hedging on immigration reform is bad policy for rural America. It’s also bad politics. (House Majority Leader Eric Cantor just found that out the hard way.) We are at a crossroads on immigration: for the future of towns like mine across rural America, the time for action on immigration reform is now.

Roll Call:

A new report compiled by the Business Roundtable documents the profound effect immigration reform would have on U.S. economic growth, innovation and entrepreneurship. The analysis evaluates a specific set of common-sense policy changes: establishing and strengthening legal channels for immigrant workers who relocate to the United States; providing a legal status for millions of unauthorized immigrants who pay a penalty and meet other requirements; and strengthening enforcement — both at the border and within the county.

The Bipartisan Policy Center estimates that reforms along these lines would increase gross domestic product by 4.8 percent over 20 years, relative to the status quo. The Congressional Budget Office estimates that reform would boost real GDP by 5.4 percent by 2033 and add 9 million workers to the labor force.

Politico:

A new conservative-sponsored poll mirrors a liberal counterpart and throws more water on notions that the battle over immigration led to the downfall of Majority Leader Eric Cantor.

Only 22 percent of Virginia residents who voted for Cantor’s opponent, Dave Brat, cited immigration as the primary reason for their vote, according to the poll. About 77 percent cited other factors, such as the Republican leader’s focus on national politics instead of local issues.

BuzzFeed Politics:

The tea party senator rejects immigration hawks’ argument that the Virginia race was a referendum on the issue. “I say everywhere I go that I am for immigration reform.”

The Atlantic:

The lessons Republicans will take from Tuesday night—that immigration reform is toxic and the Tea Party is formidable—aren't the ones they should take.

On Tuesday night, a Republican who'd just won a tough primary stood before a crowd of his supporters and pledged not to back down from the issue of immigration reform, vowing to "solve the 11 million in a practical way." That Republican, of course, was not House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, who unexpectedly lost to a little-known Tea Party challenger who accused him of promoting "amnesty." It was South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham, who took 56 percent of the vote against six conservative challengers in one of the reddest states in the country.

SF Gate:

The authors found that inability to hire more foreign workers created what the study's authors call an "H-1B shock" on others parts of the economy. They measured that in terms of how the tech workforce would have grown had more visas been approved.

In terms of "H-1B shock," the tech-rich Bay Area was one of the hardest hit larger metro areas, according to the study. H-1B visa denials during that period caused San Francisco to miss out on creating as many as 4,219 tech jobs for American-born workers.

Roll Call:

Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart says momentum is growing in the House for action on immigration — despite some tough election-year rhetoric recently from fellow Republicans and what the Florida congressman considers ill-advised threats of unilateral action by President Barack Obama.

Diaz-Balart, a major player in the effort on Capitol Hill to produce a bipartisan overhaul of the nation’s immigration system, told CQ Roll Call Tuesday he has more supporters now than a month ago and still expects the Republican-controlled House to act before leaving town in August.

Miami Herald:

“I think this will get done in a bipartisan manner,” said National Council of La Raza Chair Jorge Plasencia. “It’s a three-prong strategy calling for action from House Republicans, action from the White House to stop senseless deportations, and action from our community. We need to focus on our community raising their voices. We need to work with the DREAMers in the local communities, and with the faith-based organizations. We need to come together as one community and say, ‘this has to happen now.’ ”

FastCompany:

Immigration reform is a hot-button topic, one that’s complicated, far-reaching, and divisive. Unfortunately, the conversation about immigration often gets rendered down to a simplistic "us and them" continuum. But pulling back focus on the topic reminds us that almost all Americans are descended from immigrants; that in its early days, the country was built by the dreams and hard work of people who came from somewhere else.

A new campaign from Welcome.us--a new nonprofit organization dedicated to celebrating U.S. immigration--aims to change the dialogue around immigration by placing attention on the country’s diverse immigrant heritage. The campaign is intended to support and raise awareness for the inaugural Immigration Heritage Month this June, which was initiated by Welcome.us and is now officially recognized by the U.S. House of Representatives.

Daily Herald:

"It is costing Utah's ranchers tens of millions," said Sterling Brown, vice president of public policy for the Utah Farm Bureau, when speaking on the nation's current immigration laws. "This needs to be resolved. Whether it is in one bite at a time or comprehensive, we'll take it."

In addition to farmers, representatives from Utah's manufacturers, grocers and restaurants also expressed concerns about the current state of immigration policies in the nation.

azcentral:

...true immigration reform is a better longterm investment than agents and fences. Make it easier for people seeking work to get into this country, and the pressure on the border instantly eases. The Border Patrol could focus on stopping drug dealers and other criminals, a better use of the taxpayer dollar than chasing potential landscapers and maids.

That would be a rational policy choice. A continued belief in security as the sole answer is insanity, thinking that you can plug the latest hole in San Diego or Tucson or McAllen and never worry again.

The Seattle Times:

Immigration reform is key to continued economic growth nationwide and locally. Washington’s food and agriculture industry generates $49 billion in revenue annually. To produce and harvest the crops that drive that economic output, farmers must have an adequate, reliable workforce.

...farmers [have] no choice but to rely on foreign workers. Sadly, our immigration system has made it nearly impossible for farmers to use the existing H-2A visa program to hire seasonal workers. The system is bureaucratic, complex, costly and hugely inefficient.

Forbes:

America is unique and in many ways exceptional. It is a country founded on free speech and progressive reform. We are likely one of the only countries in the world that does our best to accept different races, genders, religions, and cultural backgrounds. We are the “melting pot” of human ideology that has ultimately led to new ideas, a nearly insurmountable economy, and a beacon of hope for all. However, it is clear that the epitome of being “American” is both beautiful and simultaneously under duress. For a country with the most new-age technology companies founded by immigrants, we are harsh, unforgiving, and often cruel to the undocumented.

The Wall Street Journal:

Want a pay raise? Ask your employer to hire more immigrant scientists.

That's the general conclusion of a study that examined wage data and immigration in 219 metropolitan areas from 1990 to 2010. Researchers found that cities seeing the biggest influx of foreign-born workers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics—the so-called STEM professions—saw wages climb fastest for the native-born, college-educated population.

Politico:

Comprehensive immigration reform enjoys broad bipartisan support, but is particularly intense among Hispanic voters, who are most likely to weigh the issue heavily as they assess candidates, according to a new POLITICO poll of voters in places with the most competitive House and Senate races.

Seventy-one percent of likely voters surveyed — and nine of 10 Hispanics — said they back sweeping change to immigration laws. The support spans party lines: 64 percent of Republican respondents back comprehensive immigration reform, as do 78 percent of Democrats and 71 percent of independents.

azcentral:

The GOP now faces a bigger risk from opposing immigration reform than from supporting it.

Demographics are changing and this issue matters to Latino voters. It's true that many GOP House members are from districts untouched by this change, but this is about the greater good.

Roll Call:

...a group of mayors and business leaders from across the political spectrum is determined to prove that momentum is growing for a rewrite of the nation’s immigration laws — even among conservatives.

The coalition, Partnership for a New American Economy, on Wednesday held the first in a series of monthly conference calls moderated by Americans for Tax Reform President Grover Norquist and featuring public figures in the conservative movement who support immigration overhaul efforts.

Norquist and his guests — Tea Party Express Co-Founder and Strategist Sal Russo, America Online Founder Steve Case and American Conservative Union Chairman Al Cardenas — strained to get the point across that the issue is not dead on Capitol Hill, and that House GOP leaders continue to plod along on a path to bring legislation to the floor.

Mas Wired:

Miguel Vázquez is 23 and has already founded two companies. The Mexican immigrant and his family came to Austin from Saltillo, Mexico in 2009 when they received residency visas — after 8 years of working through the immigration system.

Roll Call:

The speaker reiterated that he would like to pass an immigration package in “chunks,” likely starting with border enforcement. But he declined to wade further into the policy, noting that, “I don’t want to make my job harder than it already is.”

Boehner was asked about the politics of immigration, but, to applause from the audience, declined to answer, saying only: “This is not about politics, not about elections. It’s about doing the right thing for the American people. It’s about doing the right thing for the country. Period.”

Politico:

The GOP shouldn’t even field a presidential candidate in 2016 unless Congress passes immigration reform this year, U.S. Chamber of Commerce President Tom Donohue said Monday.

“If the Republicans don’t do it, they shouldn’t bother to run a candidate in 2016,” Donohue joked at an event on infrastructure investment in D.C. “Think about that. Think about who the voters are. I just did that to get everybody’s attention.”

BuzzFeed:

“A lot of times people that haven’t been through deportations, they don’t know what it’s like, but people know what it’s like to have a mother, to miss a mother, and to miss her when she’s gone,” said Lynn Tramonte, deputy director of immigration reform organization America’s Voice.

Andiola, who said her mother Maria Arreola came to the United States from Mexico to escape a 20-year relationship where she was a victim of domestic violence, said it’s important for Americans to see the struggle of so many families in the U.S.

OregonLive:

"Legislation that would grant temporary status but deny individuals a timely, realistic opportunity to obtain a green card and apply for citizenship is simply bad policy. We believe there is a moral and policy gap in asking people to register for a system that would institutionalize a 'second' class and create roadblocks that prevent them from ever achieving permanent status or applying for citizenship, an inherent part of the American dream."

It is time – past time – to fix a broken immigration system. In enacting comprehensive immigration reform, we can protect and nurture families, expand our national economy, and put to bed a divisive and ugly chapter in American politics.

The Salt Lake Tribune:

[Senator Orrin] Hatch and former Utah Republican Chairman Stan Lockhart said the right-wing of their party should stop blocking Senate-passed reform in the U.S. House by targeting anyone who speaks out for immigration reform.

“Why would we push people that we’ve educated who have master’s degrees, Ph.D.s … out of this country when we clearly have need for them, and they clearly want to stay here?”...

‘There is one unifying thing, and that is a deep belief in the need for reform’ on immigration to bring in the talent they need…”

"If you look at Google, Yahoo, eBay, Intel, what do they all share in common?" Lee asked. "Each of them had a minimum of one founder who is an immigrant who came here for education purposes. Wouldn’t that have been a shame if we … asked them to go somewhere else? That’s what I’m facing."

The Roanoke Times:

[Former GOP Representative and NRCC Chair Tom Davis] understands that reforms are needed for the economy and for his own party. Under existing laws, many talented scientists and entrepreneurs who earn degrees from U.S. universities are forced to return to their home countries or to nations with more friendly immigration laws.

Davis also argued that the GOP is harmed when its leaders allow the issue to fester, alienating immigrant communities that might otherwise embrace the party and ignoring growing public support for a solution. He said pushing a decision off until the next presidential election will only make consensus more difficult to achieve...

While congressional leaders dillydally, these super-achievers [immigrant entrepreneurs] are creating jobs. They could do much more, if only Congress would get moving.

Hampton Roads:

Former U.S. Rep. Tom Davis is strongly encouraging fellow Republicans in a divided Congress to act soon on immigration reform for the good of the nation's economic vitality and the political viability of the GOP... Davis argued it's "just plain stupid" to educate highly-skilled foreign students in American then banish them to their home countries to start businesses that compete against domestic companies.

National Journal:

The former secretary of State praised Bajamonti for sharing her story, calling the young woman "incredibly brave."

Clinton reiterated her support for comprehensive immigration reform, including a path to citizenship, and criticized the House of Representatives for failing to pass a bill. "I think that's a big missed opportunity for our country," Clinton said, "because part of the reason we're going to do really well in the 21st century is because we are a nation of immigrants. We keep attracting people like you and your family."

Yahoo! News:

Since he immigrated to the U.S. from Spain 23 years ago, chef Jose Andres has been spicing up the nation’s restaurant scene. And now, having recently become a U.S. citizen, he’s also stirring up the debate on immigration reform.

“In this game of politics, it's always kind of blame,” he said. “We had President Bush and President Obama - we have two great presidents - trying to pass immigration reform … Let's find common ground, like at the table. Let's sit down and let's find something that you and I, we can live with, but let's makes sure that those people are taken care of.”

The Wall Street Journal:

Speaker John Boehner and other senior House Republicans are telling donors and industry groups that they aim to pass immigration legislation this year... Mr. Boehner said at a Las Vegas fundraiser last month he was "hellbent on getting this done this year," according to two people in the room.

Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R., Fla.) also is drafting legislation that would give qualifying undocumented immigrants legal status and the chance to apply for citizenship through existing channels. The bill includes border-security measures and an effort to clear the backlog of applications for permanent legal status, known as green cards.

House leaders have told Mr. Diaz-Balart to have the legislation ready to go for possible debate in June or July, an aide said.

The Atlantic:

The debate over the nation’s nearly 12 million undocumented immigrants is heating up once again. Anti-deportation activists are dialing-up the pressure on President Obama to remedy the administration’s reported record-breaking deportation policy. An investigation led by the New York Times revealed that just 20 percent of the nearly 2 million immigrants deported from the US had a criminal record. Now the Congressional Hispanic Caucus is pressuring Obama to take fast administrative action, leading many to believe that chances for a legislative agreement may be waning. On Sunday, potential GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush spoke sympathetically about illegal immigrants' motives, further cementing immigration as a divisive issue within a party hoping to garner Latino support in the next election cycle.

TechCrunch:

And then there were none: As expected, more people applied for high-skill and high-degree U.S. work visas in the first five days of the application period than there were slots. This is precisely what happened last year.

This indicates that the number of high-skill and high-degree folks out there who want to come to the U.S. is far higher than the number this country is willing to accept.

Does turning away highly skilled and educated people due to an artificial cap on visas sound silly? There is investment from technology companies, those where many of those applying for the visas intend to work, to change the current status quo.

Cincinnati Enquirer:

As the home to more than 75,000 farms, Ohio boasts agriculture as a top industry. One in seven Ohioans is employed in an agriculture-related job... Unfortunately, like many in agriculture in the Buckeye State, our greatest challenge to the family legacy and tradition is the lack of workers available to help us during the critical times.

The hiring process has been challenging for us as there simply is not an abundance of American workers seeking seasonal manual labor jobs. When we hire employees we absorb the advertising costs in seeking workers, and we also provide necessary horticultural and safety training. For these expenses to be a worthwhile investment for our business, we need the trained employee to stick with us through the season or even longer, and that just is not happening...

Congress should take up sensible immigration reform in 2014. The current system is inadequate and inefficient. We can do much better.

New York Times:

Chuck Herrin, like many others in agriculture here, is increasingly fed up with immigration laws that he says prevent him from fielding a steady, reliable work force.

“What we have going on now is a farce — a waste of time and money,” said Mr. Herrin, a lifelong Republican who grew up in central California, adding that the country should be considering ways to bring workers in, not keep them out. “We need these people to get our food to market.”

TIME:

“What we saw in the polling was that Texas Republican primary voters weren’t motivated to go to the polls on the issue of immigration reform—for or against. They were far more motivated to vote on Obamacare,” said John Feinblatt, who chairs the Partnership for a New American Economy. “But when they were asked their views on immigration reform very specifically, they were overwhelmingly supportive. This strikes directly at the myth that conservative GOP primary voters are anti-immigration reform.”

Fusion:

The advocacy group FWD.us is teaming up with the United Farmworkers of America (UFW), which Chavez founded in the 1960s, to hold screenings of a new film about his life this week in four cities across the U.S.

Organizers said they hope the screenings show that a broad coalition from different backgrounds remains united behind an urging Congress to pass a major immigration overhaul.

Bibles Badges and Business:

“Across the country, constituents continue to demonstrate that support for immigration reform is a winning issue,” said Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum. “The results of the Illinois primaries underscore that commonsense reform has broad conservative support. Candidates who are listening to their constituents and encouraging progress on immigration reform are enjoying electoral success in their districts.”

In Illinois, faith and business leaders reiterated their support for broad immigration reform and emphasized their hope that winning incumbents take advantage of the opportunity to steer immigration reform in 2014.

The Salt Lake Tribune:

The Utah Farm Bureau Federation on Tuesday called again for immigration reform while pointing to new findings by a study by the Partnership for a New American Economy and the Agriculture Coalition for Immigration Reform. The federation says it mirrors what Utah farmers are finding.

Among highlights, it said the share of imported fresh fruits and vegetables eaten by Americans has grown in recent years by 79.3 percent. It said demands for fresh produce by Americans has grown, but U.S. production levels have barely grown or declined.

A key reason for the disparity of supply and demand, according to the study, is the labor challenges faced by U.S. farmers and inadequacies and red-tape in the H-2A visa program to bring in legal, temporary help from abroad.

Roll Call:

As Congress returns to Washington in a few days, no more pressing issue faces leaders in the House of Representatives than immigration reform. In 1990, Congress recognized how important immigration was to our economy and passed the Immigration Act of 1990. This law created a new visa category tied to U.S. job creation. Yet over time, the number of these visas for high-skilled workers began to fill up quickly as our innovation economy continued to grow. As a result, the limits set by Congress on high-skilled visas are preventing jobs creation in America today.

Congress must act this year to end the visa crisis and stop the loss of jobs that we are experiencing.

For years, economists have argued that closing the door to high-skilled immigrants hurts the American economy. Starting today, people can see it for themselves.

Financial Times:

Starting in April, the US will accept applications for this year’s quota of 85,000 H-1B visas, which are allotted for skilled workers and one of the main avenues for foreigners wishing to work legally in the US.

Last year, that allotment went in the first few days after applications opened. This year, immigration attorneys and company executives say, the race will be as tough, if not tougher, as rising tech valuations have fuelled demand for coders.

“The supply [of tech workers] just doesn’t meet the demand right now,” said Shayan Zadeh, the Iran-born founder of dating start-up Zoosk.

The Sacramento Bee:

The United States was founded as a land of opportunity. From the earliest days, our nation has been enriched by people who arrived from across the globe, worked hard and drove progress as they helped establish our nation as the world’s economic leader.

This is no less true today. From across the globe, we continue to receive hundreds of thousands of visa applications every year as people strive to come here to live, work and take part in the American dream. And we are fortunate, for the strength of the U.S. economy rests on our ability to continue to attract the best talent from across the world.

Perhaps no other industries are in more need of talented workers from abroad than the ones we represent: agriculture and technology. And that’s why we’ve joined forces to try to make immigration reform a reality.

BuzzFeed Politics:

Irish-Americans are increasingly getting involved in the immigration reform debate, pressing elected leaders to take action on comprehensive reform that would include a pathway to legal status for the thousands of Irish in America unable to travel due to fears of deportation. Kenny joined their cry during his remarks at the Vice President’s house.

“We’ve got 50,000 here in America, undocumented. And what we want is a process of legalization, where they pay their taxes, pay their way, raise their families, travel home and travel back,” he said. “To do that, in terms of the numbers that are in this country, is what’s going to make America. Is what’s going to regenerate it from generation to generation.”

Politico:

“Our farmers in North Carolina have come to me over and over again: The system is broken. It’s been broken for several years.”

Ingraham again said Ellmers was repeating “another Chuck Schumer line,” which Ellmers denied, saying she thinks for herself.

“You are so locked into anything positive the Republican has to do for your job security that you will look at this issue and fight it without even looking at the facts. I’d love for you to get some of my farmers on the air with you,” Ellmers said.

TechVoice:

“We get these kids from Big 10 schools and we can’t staple a green card to a diploma like we should, so we send them back to their own countries,” Williams said. “As a small business leader, when you say, ‘I don’t have access to the talent,’ that matters.

“One of the things that’s neat about TechVoice is that if we collectively pool our voices, maybe we can proactively get that message out,” Hoog said.

SiliconHills:

There were more than 800,000 foreign born students in the U.S. and only 85,000 H-1B Visas every year. “They are encouraged to go back to their home countries and compete against the United States. That’s a problem for the competitiveness of the United States as a whole.”

In addition, many of the spouses of people with H-1B Visas are not allowed to work while in the U.S. But they, too, have master’s degrees or PhDs and could be making valuable contributions to innovation and the economy.

Politico:

Seventy-three percent of Americans back a path to legal status as long as the immigrants meet a series of requirements, according to the poll released by the Pew Research Center. That includes 81 percent of Democrats, 74 percent of independents and 64 percent of Republicans, the poll found.

“While there are partisan differences over how to deal with those in the U.S. illegally, majorities across partisan and ideological groups say there should be a way for unauthorized immigrants to stay in the U.S. if they meet certain requirements,” the report says.

NBC News:

In a move they called a first, Roman Catholic bishops and evangelical leaders joined together to pressure the House to pass immigration reform this year.

The religious leaders sent an open letter to House members Wednesday, saying “we can no longer delay fixing the (immigration) system.”

While some lawmakers don’t have to worry about Latino voters, they may have to answer to more evangelicals who consider immigration reform a moral and gospel issue and have a long history of going abroad to construct schools, orphanages and hospitals, Anderson said. Some could be due for surprises in November, he said.

The Wall Street Journal:

Religious leaders who favor an overhaul of immigration laws are stepping up their pressure on House Republicans, aiming to move the stalled legislation and show that the GOP could pay a political penalty for inaction… The program is being organized by the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, which encouraged its 34,200 member churches, representing 16 million members, to participate… "The frustration—it is no longer simmering, but it's boiling over," said the Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, who is meeting next week with GOP congressional leaders. "The consequences are both moral and political."

The Washington Post:

More than 600 business organizations, from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to Apple to McDonald’s, have sent a letter to House Speaker John Boehner pressing him to move on immigration legislation this year.

The 636 groups said “failure to act is not an option” and implored Boehner to move on legislation to fix the immigration system.

Fox & Hounds Daily:

This past Thursday night, the headquarters of Dropbox at 185 Berry Street in San Francisco was packed for a discussion, “Can Tech Rebuild the Middle Class and the American Dream”. The discussion was hosted by FWD.us, as part of the group’s focus on the technology sector’s impact on employment and the emerging economy.

Re/code:

When former AOL chief executive Steve Case is speaking on “Entrepreneurship in America” at SXSW, he’ll be joined onstage by two immigrant entrepreneurs representing the #BuiltByImmigrants campaign, the latest from the FWD.us immigration reform lobby.

“Everybody knows about Sergey Brin, and that 40 percent of tech companies are started by immigrants, but we wanted to use South By as a way to do mass engagement,” said FWD.us founder Joe Green, who rose to prominence with his company Causes on Facebook.

U.S. Chamber of Commerce:

Welcoming immigrants is good for our economy and our society. Immigrants do not typically compete with Americans for jobs, and, in fact, create more jobs through entrepreneurship, economic activity, and tax revenues. Immigrants serve as a complement to U.S.-born workers and can help fill labor shortages across the skill spectrum and in key sectors…

Support for reform has never been stronger. Proponents of commonsense immigration reform include lawmakers from both sides of the aisle, as well as labor, business, law enforcement, ethnic organizations, religious groups, and the high-tech industry. Most important, the public is overwhelmingly behind it. Polls consistently show that the majority of voters believe that the status quo on immigration is unacceptable.

The Washington Post:

GOP Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, a leading Republican player in the immigration debate, tells me he and some Republicans have succeeded in establishing legislative language that would solve the problem of the 11 million while also beefing up enforcement — in a way he claims could win over large numbers of Republicans and Democrats.

This would mean the only thing holding up progress on reform right now may be the refusal of House GOP leaders to allow it to move forward — and not the inability of Republicans to find a policy solution to the 11 million they can support, long a principal obstacle.

The Wall Street Journal:

The American Farm Bureau Federation commissioned independent economists to analyze how immigration reform would effect farm production and food prices. Their conclusion is that any fix that doesn't expand the legal pathways for immigrants to enter and work in the U.S. will cost farmers and consumers a bundle.

In 2010 a labor shortage cost more than $320 million in farm losses.

TIME Ideas:

It has become abundantly clear that immigration reform is the moral test of our politics… Speaker Boehner and Republicans in the House of Representatives face a serious quandary. Do they pass the moral test by following the will of the American people in finding common sense solutions that reform our immigration laws? Or do they fail to uphold their responsibilities as public servants by letting politics triumph over people? We have arrived at a critical moment of significant moral importance. As I often remind legislators and pastors alike, the policy debate is over. It is just a matter of time before immigration reform is enacted. The only questions left to decide are how much more suffering we will tolerate as a country and how many more families we will tear apart because our leaders refuse to put people before politics.

CNN:

A second-straight national poll indicates that many Americans have shifted their priorities when it comes to immigration reform… The Gallup poll follows the release earlier this month of a CNN/ORC International poll that indicated a majority of the public said the government's main focus should be legalizing the status of the undocumented rather than border security. According to the CNN survey, 54% said the top priority for the government in dealing with the issue of illegal immigration should be developing a plan that would allow those with jobs to eventually become legal U.S. residents.

The Washington Post:

It has been widely accepted on faith that Republicans have no urgency to act on immigration. But little by little, folks are starting to point out that waiting could actually be worse for Republicans. Several GOP consultants made that case in this space the other day, and Chris Cillizza, MSNBC’s First Read crew, and Jonathan Chait have also made good variations of it.

The Fresno Bee:

To fully leverage the education, effort and entrepreneurship of those who have or want to come from around the world to study, work or innovate in America, we must reform our immigration policies.

Under our broken system, those essential contributions to our workforce and our economy are at risk. We're sending foreign-born students educated in the United States back to their home countries, or to competitors, to compete against us. We're sending companies the message that their investments may be better off somewhere else, where workers are available to fill their jobs and serve their customers.

The Washington Post:

Many Republicans say immigration runs counter to U.S. social policies aiming to reduce the number of people with low levels of skill and education, and must further depress the wages of Americans at the bottom of the economic ladder, who are already paying the price for today’s economic anemia. This is true. But so is this: The Congressional Budget Office says an initial slight reduction of low wages (0.1 percent in a decade) will be followed by increased economic growth partly attributable to immigrants. Immigration is the entrepreneurial act of taking the risk of uprooting oneself and plunging into uncertainty. Small wonder, then, that immigrants are about 20 percent of owners of small businesses, and that more than 40 percent of Fortune 500 companies were founded by immigrants or their children.

TechCrunch:

Fwd.us, the advocacy group initially backed by tech luminaries like Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates, is adding a new paid membership model. The move is a bid to attract broader support from regular tech industry workers and people living in cities like New York and San Francisco who care about immigration reform and political issues affecting knowledge workers.

At $35 a year, members will get invited to speaker events with Silicon Valley business leaders and other policy experts. The first set of talks includes one on “The Future of the Middle class and the American Dream in the 21st Century,” with venture capitalist and PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel and MIT academic Andrew McAfee. McAfee recently published “The Second Machine Age,” on how emergent technologies like self-driving cars could change the U.S. economy.

San Jose Mercury News:

With GOP congressional leaders now saying immigration reform isn't likely to happen this year, some California Republicans may be feeling they've been thrown under the bus.

… That could be unwelcome news for incumbents like Jeff Denham, R-Modesto, and David Valadao, R-Hanford, who represent heavily Latino districts that political experts consider "in play."

The Washington Post:

[T]here is a political case to be made that now — not 2015, 2016 or some other uncertain date in the future — is the time for Republicans to pass immigration reform.

… The idea that it would be better — and more politically savvy — to wait until 2015 to tackle immigration reform overlooks one thing: By early 2015, the 2016 presidential race will already be underway. And there are at least three Republican senators — Rand Paul (Ky.), Marco Rubio (Fla.) and Ted Cruz (Tex.) — who are near-certain candidates.

… While even the most pro-immigration-reform Republican strategists admit that simply passing some sort of overhaul won’t solve the party’s problem with Hispanics, they believe it is sine qua non when it comes to courting those voters. As in, if immigration reform doesn’t pass with some Republican help, there will be no chance for the party to make its argument to Latinos on social or fiscal policy. They just won’t be listening.

Denver Post:

Still, Boehner's capitulation to the GOP's die-hards is deeply disappointing. It was also brazenly insincere.

The speaker blamed his reversal on the president, saying "there's widespread doubt whether this administration can be trusted to enforce our laws." But this excuse doesn't pass the laugh test. Boehner had been pounded by critics worried about primary challenges from the right to Republican incumbents, and who insisted the GOP should refuse to give the president any major policy triumph in an election year.

Philadelphia Inquirer:

There's an easy way to describe House Republicans' continued reluctance to pass an immigration overhaul that provides a pathway to citizenship for the 11 million people residing in this country illegally: selfish.

Republican former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour didn't use that word during a recent Bipartisan Policy Center forum on immigration at the University of Pennsylvania, but he might as well have.

Barbour noted that, unlike GOP presidential candidates running nationally, Republican House members seeking reelection in largely safe districts don't care about courting Hispanic voters by endorsing immigration reform. They prefer to keep their current, antireform supporters happy.

…If they don't care about cultivating new voters, they should care that many of the businesspeople among their most reliable financial supporters want immigration reform, too.

A U.S. Chamber of Commerce statement said, "The current system destabilizes the workplace by putting employers in an awkward place - a 'don't ask, don't tell' situation." The Republican-leaning organization became noticeably quiet on the subject during the presidential election. It's time for it to more aggressively represent the interests of its members who want the immigration laws updated.

Kansas City Star:

But now, after a Republican issues retreat and an apparent tea party uprising, which is threatening Boehner’s speakership, the GOP has only one thing to say: Blame it on Obama.

This position would be laughable if it weren’t so transparently cynical.

All calculations these days are made with the midterm elections in mind. Forget about real people. The GOP hard-liners want no distractions from their incessant election-year mantra: Nah nah on Obamacare.

Good luck with that.

“Fixing our badly broken immigration system shouldn’t be a partisan issue,” Sen. Claire McCaskill told The Star. “It’s a matter of economic common sense and of national security.”

And blaming the president is a far cry from solving a real problem.

The Washington Post:

No, the speaker’s assertion is a smoke screen designed to obscure the fact that rank-and-file Republicans refuse to tackle immigration reform. Many persist in the fantasy that 11.7 million illegal immigrants, among them at least 7 million with jobs, should be forced to leave the country, and that anything short of that amounts to amnesty. Some might not buy into the self-deportation myth but fear a primary challenge if they appear lax. Others, more calculatingly, are loath to debate an issue that could prompt a venomous internecine fight, divert attention from what they see as the debacle of the Affordable Care Act and diminish GOP prospects in this fall’s midterm elections.

CBS 5, Arizona:

Chad Heinrich with the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce told CBS5 that a new study from Regional Economic Models, Inc. states, that immigration reform could generate close to $300 million a year to Arizona's economy, and increase personal income across the state by $168 million.

"Immigration reform would provide almost a rocket fuel boost to Arizona's economy," said Heinrich. "It's a vital priority. There's no other area of policy where we see as much agreement within business community."

Immigration Impact:

“Mayors are looking for a fix,” said Mayor Scott Smith of Mesa Arizona, President of the U.S. Conference of Mayors. “The status quo is not acceptable. It’s as simple as that.” In a January 31 letter to Members of Congress, the United States Conference of Mayors urged expeditious action on immigration reform in 2014. As the letter stated:

“Fixing our nation’s broken immigration laws is among the most important issues of interest to America’s mayors currently before the U.S. House of Representatives. We believe strongly that maintaining the status quo will further damage the economic, political and social structure of our cities and our country. As Mayors, we have a ground-level understanding of the pressing economic and moral imperatives that necessitate changing our national immigration system, and we urge the House to expeditiously bring legislation to the floor.”

The Reno Gazette-Journal:

What we’re getting is a lot of fine talk about bipartisanship and precious little action. After all, regardless of what happens in November’s election short of a veto-proof margin in both houses, Republicans will still have to deal with a Democrat in the White House. Of course, there’s a presidential election in 2016; surely an immigration system that Republicans and Democrats alike agree is “broken” can wait two more years...

It can’t.

The continued uncertainty is hurting the U.S. economy. It’s encouraging states to try to take action on their own, thus creating a patchwork of laws, enforcement efforts and court cases. And it’s making members of Congress on both sides look like partisan hacks.

Is this really the best our leaders can do?

Tampa Bay Times:

In Florida, at least, there is a growing recognition among some Republicans that continuing to offend Hispanic voters and other minorities is not a prescription for election victories. State House Speaker Will Weatherford has announced his full support for allowing illegal immigrants who graduate from Florida high schools to pay in-state tuition at public colleges and universities. Even Gov. Rick Scott, who faces a difficult re-election fight after riding the tea party wave to victory four years ago, says he will consider that proposal.

In Washington, though, House Republicans remain out of touch with reality on immigration reform and mired in the past. Boehner blames the president, but to see the politician who is really to blame for this failure of leadership he should look in the mirror.

Los Angeles Times:

The same could be said about almost any major issue, however, and voters didn't send their representatives to Washington to lie low until the next election. If Republicans want to be the party of jobs and a better economy, there are few better ways to burnish their credentials than to fix a broken immigration system that's a drag on growth. The standards offer a starting point for comprehensive reform that would bring productive immigrants out of the shadows of the underground economy. The Senate has done its part; it's time for the House to get moving.

The Washington Post:

A McConnell spokesman told Right Turn, “He was merely summarizing the challenge. Senate Dems insist on a comprehensive, all-or-nothing approach. House wants to take a smarter approach.” If anything, he is giving House Republicans a thumb’s up for a step-by-step approach.

House immigration proponents seem not to have taken offense at McConnell’s remarks – or adopted the interpretation of reform opponents. A senior House aide told me, “I don’t think that Sen. McConnell’s comments change the dynamics in the House. Democrats like Senator Schumer and President Obama have both indicated recently that a Senate-like comprehensive immigration bill was not necessary and they would be open to considering a step by step approach.”

The Hill:

As former members of the House of the Representatives from different parties, we know how difficult it is to forge consensus on complicated, contentious policy issues. But that is nothing compared to the difficulty immigrant families face trying to make sense out of our current systems, or businesses and law enforcement trying to ensure compliance.

Some have suggested that immigration reform is an issue where consensus can’t be reached. We disagree. For one thing, the status quo isn’t working – for immigrants, employers or the economy. And after months of bipartisan debate, numerous hearings in both chambers of Congress and a historic Senate vote, meaningful immigration reform has never been closer to becoming law. Our political leaders have an opportunity to take strong, decisive action on a defining issue of our time, one that truly gets at the heart of our history as a nation of immigrants and a land of opportunity.

Politico:

House Republicans looking to garner support for leadership's immigration-reform principles are about to get a little help from a group with ties to Mark Zuckerberg.

The next few weeks will be crucial in the immigration-reform debate, as members of the GOP caucus begin staking out their positions on the principles and as leadership figures out where a bulk of the lawmakers are in terms of support. Additionally, FWD.us is looking to sway opinon on the Hill with a memo attempting to discredit some groups opposed to reform as "anti-immigrant."

National Journal:

Oregon Rep. Greg Walden went to the mics to discuss the party's strategy for holding the House and seizing more Democratic seats. The first question for the National Republican Congressional Committee chairman was about immigration.

"Speaker Boehner and others have made it pretty clear, and I'd concur with this, that it's a federal issue that needs a federal solution," said Walden. "I think you'll see our conference move forward with an approach that's transparent, an approach that requires security on the border."

Slate:

Oregon Rep. Greg Walden went to the mics to discuss the party's strategy for holding the House and seizing more Democratic seats. The first question for the National Republican Congressional Committee chairman was about immigration.

"Speaker Boehner and others have made it pretty clear, and I'd concur with this, that it's a federal issue that needs a federal solution," said Walden. "I think you'll see our conference move forward with an approach that's transparent, an approach that requires security on the border."

Politico:

As House Republicans open their annual retreat, immigration reform advocates are making sure lawmakers get the message: Pass an overhaul this year.

“Hopefully, it encourages the many members who are serious about immigration reform that evangelicals will stand behind them when they take the steps necessary to move the process forward,” Galen Carey, vice president of government relations for the National Association of Evangelicals, said in an interview Thursday. “We’ve been working on this for a long time.”

Wall Street Journal:

Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert has a message for his former colleagues: Pass an immigration overhaul.

In an interview, he said there are two imperatives: secure the border and give legal status to the estimated 11.5 million people living in the U.S. illegally.

The Washington Post:

Immigration reform advocates expressed encouragement Thursday at the new set of principles on the issue put forward by House GOP leaders.

Pro-immigration reform groups generally said they were pleased but also expressed the need for action.

Los Angeles Times:

President Obama urged Congress in his State of the Union speech to “fix our broken immigration system,” saying both political parties stood to gain by helping millions of undocumented immigrants get a legal foothold in America.

But Obama, aware that House Republicans won’t appreciate any hectoring from him, didn’t set out any legislative markers, including requiring a pathway to legal status and ultimately citizenship for the estimated 11 million people in the country illegally.

ThinkProgress:

Avila, Praella, and the other DREAMers were invited guests to the Address. They were all brought to the country as young children and would like Congressional members to understand the kind of pain that undocumented immigrants experience when there isn’t a fix to the broken immigration system. All the DREAMers qualified under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which has been a temporary blessing since the program only offers a two-year deportation reprive and work authorization.

AZCentral:

An undocumented immigrant from Arizona who fasted for 22 days for immigration reform has been invited by first lady Michelle Obama to be her guest during President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address tonight.

Cristian Avila, 23, was one of three fasters who drew national attention, including visits from the Obamas, Vice President Joe Biden, and a string of other dignitaries, when they went without eating and drank only water for more than three weeks inside a tent on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., in November.

Politico:

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg made his first major policy pitch as a civilian on Friday, traveling to Washington to urge Capitol Hill to pass immigration reform this year.

In an appeal to House Republicans, Bloomberg made the economic case for an overhaul of the nation’s immigration laws and said the country was at risk of losing talent from abroad that could generate jobs in the United States.

Politico:

The advocacy group funded by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is out with a new technological tool in its push for immigration reform: an app that lets you earn “points” for contacting your representative in Congress.

FWD.us unveiled its Push4Reform app on Thursday. It is the product of a hackathon in November that featured so-called DREAMers, undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children.

Roll Call:

Like other cities, the Dayton Police Department works hard to build trust with our community members so that they are not afraid to work with us if they are witnesses to or victims of crime. Our officers do not check the immigration status of witnesses and victims. Nor do we ask about legal status during minor traffic stops.

The city’s policy also benefits our economy. Because of the economic downturn in 2008 that severely affected the industrial Midwest, Dayton has been inviting immigrant communities to relocate to our city to help churn our local economy. Our experience has shown us that immigrant-friendly policies help to build small businesses, create jobs and spur innovation, while also stimulating the local housing market.

Univision:

Jóvenes soñadores están utilizando la tecnología para abogar por una reforma migratoria. Fernando Pizarro nos explica.

CNN Money:

In an effort to promote immigration reform, advocacy group FWD.us launched Push4Reform, a Web application aimed at helping supporters connect with Congress members and urge them to take action.

Push4Reform gathers information about members of Congress and their stances on immigration. People who use the app can enter their ZIP code to learn whether their representatives and senators support particular immigration reforms, what their reps have said publicly about the topic and find the best ways to connect with them.

The Hill:

The third-ranking House Republican, Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (Calif.), said he backs granting legal status, but not a new pathway to citizenship, to millions of immigrants in the U.S. illegally.

"The principles aren't written yet, but in my personal belief, I think it'll go with legal status that will allow you to work and pay taxes," McCarthy said.

Politico:

The White House is trying to dial down the partisan rhetoric on immigration — and it’s asking its allies to do the same.

In meetings with immigration reform advocates, White House officials have said President Barack Obama won’t threaten to take unilateral executive action — at least not yet — and that he wants to give House Republicans some breathing room to try to pass legislation this year, said immigration advocates who have participated in the sessions.

Wall Street Journal:

House Republican leaders are preparing for the first time to endorse legal status for many of the 11 million people living in the U.S. illegally, a step that could jump-start the moribund immigration debate.

PulsoSocial:

Immigration reform has hit a nerve the U.S. tech community and especially in Silicon Valley, where the willingness to think outside of the box and take on enormous projects is abundant. “We’re a community of entrepreneurs, and what it means, at the core, to be an entrepreneur is that you are willing to take risks to achieve something great,” reflected Joe Green, Founder and President of FWD.us, in a phone interview last week with PulsoSocial.

Politico:

In a Telemundo interview set to air Sunday, Goodlatte addressed the set of immigration principles that Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said earlier Thursday is expected to be released in the “coming weeks.”

While not delving into specifics of the document, Goodlatte said the principles are meant to show the broader House Republican Conference how all the pieces of immigration reform would fit together and ultimately “galvanize” support among lawmakers.

Wall Street Journal:

House Speaker John Boehner (R., Ohio) and Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R., Va.) both included an immigration rewrite among the top 2014 priorities they outlined during a closed-door meeting with the GOP ranks, lawmakers said after the gathering.

Mr. Boehner told Republicans on Wednesday that he expected to release a set of GOP principles in the coming weeks. The speaker had announced in November that Republicans, including House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R., Va.), planned to draft the guidelines before bringing any immigration bills to the House floor.

Chicago Sun-Times:

The election-year calendar works in favor of reform.

New York Times:

Mr. Boehner has in recent weeks hired Rebecca Tallent, a longtime immigration adviser to Senator John McCain, the Arizona Republican who has long backed broad immigration changes. Advocates for an overhaul say the hiring, as well as angry comments by Mr. Boehner critical of Tea Party opposition to the recent budget deal in Congress, indicates that he is serious about revamping the immigration system despite deep reservations from conservative Republicans.

Wall Street Journal:

Immigrants are 13% of the U.S. population, but they make up nearly 20% of the owners of small businesses.

Fox News Latino:

Green is co-founder and president of Fwd.us, a political advocacy group funded by Zuckerberg and other high-tech executives, and he recently spoke to Fox News Latino about navigating D.C. politics and how his interest in immigration issues developed.

National Journal:

As the first session of the 113th Congress winds to a close, it is clear the House of Representatives will not vote on immigration legislation before 2014. But the practical need to fix our broken immigration system remains, the political imperative for reform is stronger than ever, and a window of opportunity exists for Congress to finalize a reform package next year.

Times of London:

Tech titans from Mark Zuckerberg to Bill Gates via Yahoo!’s Marissa Mayer have given Joe Green millions of dollars. Why? Because they believe he’s the man to shake up American politics.

1776:

You may know Joe Green as the cofounder of tech platforms Causes and NationBuilder, or you may know him as Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s Harvard roommate. He’s also an investor in Asana and an entrepreneur-in-residence for Andreessen Horowitz. But Green’s latest project is a different sort of startup. Earlier this year, Green cofounded FWD.us, an organization started by key leaders in the tech community to promote policies to keep the United States and its citizens competitive in a global economy—including comprehensive immigration reform.


1776:

What do computer programming and immigration reform have in common? Just ask Luis Aguilar of Falls Church, Virginia. They are two of the topics about which he is passionate—and he’s turning passion into action. Aguilar was a member of the winning team at last month’s FWD.us DREAMer Hackathon in Silicon Valley, where his team Push4Reform coded their way to a prototype app that gives users information about their members of Congress, where they stand on immigration reform, and how to contact them.


ABC:

Facebook CEO and FWD.us founder Mark Zuckerberg on immigration.


Fusion:

Drawer and legal designer Margaret Hagan participated in the Fwd.us DREAMer Hackathon this week and worked with DREAMers to find ways to show what that system looks like for individuals trying to navigate the immigration system. Her goal was to “develop new ways to show how many breakpoints and fail points the immigration system has.”


NBC Bay Area:

Computer geeks dedicated to figuring out the nation's complicated and controversial immigration problem joined tech luminaries on Thursday as part of a "DREAMer Hackathon" at LinkedIn headquarters in Silicon Valley. Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg's political action committee, FWD.us, sponsored the 25-hour event in Mountain View, Calif., so that 20 undocumented DREAMers from across the country could work with with top product designers, engineers, and other hackers to work on prototypes for advocacy tools to help advance meaningful immigration reform.


LA Times:

SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg brought undocumented immigrants to Silicon Valley to "hack" for immigration reform.


Fox News Latino:

On Wednesday, the two men will join forces in Silicon Valley, where Zuckerberg is hosting a hackathon in which the Facebook chief executive, as well as other kings of the Internet – Dropbox’s Drew Houston, Groupon founder Andrew Mason and LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman – will work with undocumented high-tech wiz kids on building tools to help immigrants and the push for immigration reform.


Politico:

The Mark Zuckerberg-funded issues advocacy group FWD.us is launching a new round of ads with a decidedly different tone than past spots on immigration reform, using quotes from President Barack Obama and House leadership to highlight a growing frustration with legislative delays.


CNN:

One week after House Speaker John Boehner repeated his vow to never hold a vote on the Senate's immigration reform bill, a public advocacy group backed by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg says it's launching a new ad campaign urging congressional leaders to take action on the issue.


The Hill:

The advocacy group backed by Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg is launching a new round of ads aimed at keeping the pressure on Congress to pass immigration reform. The ads from Silicon Valley’s FWD.us — backed by executives from Google, Yahoo, AOL, Microsoft, Instagram and Dropbox — highlight what the groups says is bipartisan support for swift movement on legislation.


NY Daily News:

Vargas and 19 other undocumented immigrant techies are planning to code for 24 hours straight next week at a hackathon hosted by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s lobbying group FWD.us. Divided into groups of four, the young immigrants will get advice from tech giants like Zuckerberg, LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman and Groupon founder Andrew Mason to come up with tech products that help promote immigration reform.


TechCrunch:

A Stanford computer science graduate and son of an Indian immigrant, [Darius] Contractor was the VP of Engineering for Bebo from 2006 to 2009, where he helped grow daily page views from 100 million to 350 million before it sold to AOL for $850 million. Now he’ll be working for FWD.us, a bi-partisan lobbying group funded by Silicon Valley moguls that aims to create a path to citizenship for immigrants and expand the H-1B Visa program.


The Huffington Post:

Many immigration advocates have argued that acting on immigration may boost both parties by showing that Congress can still overcome gridlock and get something done. The poll indicated that likely voters in the 20 congressional districts want to see movement on immigration, with 70 percent saying it is "very important" to deal with the issue and another 23 percent saying it is "somewhat important." A strong majority -- 77 percent -- said they would prefer even an imperfect solution to nothing at all.


Voxxi:

Erick Garcia said he still can’t believe he is one of the 20 Dreamers who will be participating later this month in a hackathon hosted by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s advocacy group FWD.us. Garcia, who holds a computer systems engineering degree from Arizona State University, and the other Dreamers will team up for two days with top engineers and designers to come up with “prototypes of products to aid the immigration reform movement,” FWD.us president and founder Joe Green said in a blog post.


Politico:

A new poll being released later Thursday could send a warning to politicians nationwide: Oppose immigration reform at your peril. The results from the survey, sponsored by a trio of GOP-friendly groups and provided to POLITICO in advance, indicate that voters will be warmer toward politicians who favor immigration reform, an effort that faces an uphill battle in the Republican-led House.


Center for American Progress:

On June 27, the Senate passed a comprehensive immigration bill, S. 744, and created an opportunity to dramatically improve the fiscal and economic health of our country. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, or CBO, has estimated that S. 744 would reduce our deficit by $135 billion over the first 10 years, generate millions of new jobs, and boost our economy. But while our economy stands to gain significantly from fixing our broken immigration system, each day the House fails to pass immigration reform is another day of missed economic opportunities.


The Wall Street Journal:

My story has a happy ending: I finally became a U.S. citizen in April. But it also shows how easy it is to lose skilled talent to other countries. I chose to stay and put up with the restrictions because there is nowhere better to build a tech company. But many young, educated and ambitious friends of mine decided it was too difficult here, especially when countries like Canada and United Kingdom welcomed their expertise.


Bay Area News Group:

Several Bay Area DREAMers are among the 20 who’ve been invited to join a hackathon later this month organized by Fwd.us, the lobbying group launched earlier this year by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and other Silicon Valley giants. They’ll work next to some of the region’s top engineers and designers during the event Nov. 20-21 at LinkedIn’s Mountain View headquarters, says Fwd.us founder and president Joe Green.


The Columbus Dispatch:

The reasons why a group of conservative Ohioans came to the nation’s capital this week to lobby for comprehensive immigration reform might have been as diverse as the U.S. immigrant population itself. They came to Capitol Hill at a crucial time: Congress will be here for only about three more weeks, and a Senate bill addressing immigration that passed in June has stalled.


The Washington Post:

We now have three House Republicans who have signed on to the House Dem comprehensive immigration reform bill, putting immigration reform officially back in the “undead” category. GOP Rep. David Valadao of California is officially on board with the bipartisan proposal.


The Hill:

The political advocacy group co-founded by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg launched a lobbying blitz on Capitol Hill Tuesday to push House Republicans to act on immigration reform. Zuckerberg’s group, FWD.us, joined with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Bibles Badges and Business and other pro-immigration groups to sponsor a day-long trip aimed at pressuring House Republicans to bring immigration legislation to the floor for a vote. More than 80 representatives from the tech community across the country met with House Republican members from their home states on Tuesday to make the case for immigration reform.


USA Today:

More than 600 business, law enforcement, religious and political leaders from throughout the nation converged on Capitol Hill Tuesday to try to persuade House Republicans to pass an immigration overhaul this year.


National Journal:

Amid the debate over potentially the biggest reform of immigration law in 50 years, American communities struggling with decades of population loss and economic decline are being revitalized by newcomers. The economic contribution of immigrants in high-skilled fields is relatively well known, but less acknowledged are the contributions that blue-collar immigrants play in revitalizing depressed communities and economies, both as manual laborers and small-business entrepreneurs.


The New York Times:

With immigration re-emerging as the topic of focus in Washington, an unusual coalition of business executives, Republican Party activists and evangelical leaders will descend on Capitol Hill early next week to pressure House Republicans to pass their own legislation. The debate threatens to create another schism in the Republican Party and to further alienate a major source of campaign contributions; several corporate executives interviewed this week said they were considering withholding donations from lawmakers who get in the way.


The Wall Street Journal:

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg‘s political-advocacy group is growing its ranks of high-profile backers following the departure of two early, well-known supporters. AOL Chief Executive Tim Armstrong and venture-capital pioneer Dick Kramlich are the latest celebrity donors to FWD.us, co-founder and president Joe Green said in an interview. Zuckerberg helped form the nonprofit earlier this year to champion immigration reform and other policies affecting the technology industry.


The New York Times:

In a national study published last month, Jacob L. Vigdor, an economics professor at Duke University, found that over the last four decades, immigrants helped preserve and in some cases add manufacturing jobs in cities where they settled, sustaining employment for Americans. They also added to local housing values. For every thousand immigrants who moved into a county, 270 Americans moved in after them, Mr. Vigdor found.


The Associated Press:

The chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Rep. Bob Goodlatte, has been discussing possible legal status for the estimated 11 million immigrants living in the U.S. illegally. He's also been working with House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, a fellow Virginia Republican, on a bill offering citizenship to immigrants brought illegally to the U.S. as children. Reps. Raul Labrador, R-Idaho, and Ted Poe, R-Texas, are working on a plan to create a visa program allowing more lower-skilled workers into the country. Goodlatte and the chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, Rep. Mike McCaul, R-Texas, hold out hopes for floor action by late October on a series of immigration bills that already have passed their committees.


The Denver Post:

In the past week, six university and college presidents and a chancellor sent a joint letter to Colorado's congressional delegation stressing the importance of immigration reform to the growth of institutions of higher learning and to the state's economy overall.


That was followed by representatives of dozens of churches, agricultural associations, chambers and municipalities, including Denver Mayor Michael Hancock, speaking out on the need for reform in press conferences around the state.


The Washington Post:

House Republicans intensified their outreach to Latino groups last week, offering renewed pledges that the House will deal with immigration reform this year. The effort has revived hope among reform advocates that a bipartisan deal can be reached to address the fate of the nation’s 11 million undocumented workers and students… they were encouraged by signals from key GOP leaders that the House is willing to move forward on legislation that could produce a breakthrough in the stalled negotiations. Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) said Thursday that his panel is working on four new pieces of legislation dealing with border-control laws. He did not disclose details but emphasized the need to resolve the status of people living in the country illegally.


The Associated Press:

The chairman of the House Judiciary Committee on Thursday pledged action on immigration overhaul legislation even as most of the attention on Capitol Hill is focused on fights over the budget and debt. Rep. Bob Goodlatte said the immigration issue needs to be solved and work is happening behind the scenes toward that goal… Goodlatte said he'd like to see the full House begin voting on the committee-passed bills next month… Goodlatte pledged that the House approach would address the major problems of the immigration system — enforcement and security; legal immigration; and the status of the millions living in the country illegally.


The Wall Street Journal:

All of this is a reminder of the urgent need for action on comprehensive immigration reform, even as Congress also deals with national security and fiscal policy. For while immigration is often debated in the U.S. as a humanitarian matter, or a political matter, or a legal matter (and it is all those things), our global competitors see it for what it is: a critical economic matter in a global race for talent, job creation and innovation… Canada, Australia, Germany, China and a growing list of our global competitors are stepping up their game to win the global battle for talent—and every day, they are closing the gap. It's time for the House to act.


New York Daily News:

Cardinal Dolan: Congress must ensure that America remains a welcoming nation


The Bellingham Herald:

Prominent business leaders and Republicans held a forum in Nashville on Wednesday to build support for immigration reform among the public and members of Congress.


The Washington Post:

GOP Rep. Spencer Bachus of Alabama delivered a long and remarkable speech to his constituents in which he directly took on not only King, but Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions, another anti-reform diehard — and made a faith-based and compassionate argument for reform. Bachus represents a district that as of last year was the most Republican in the country, and in 2012 he faced a Tea Party primary that was partly about immigration.


Times-News:

Idaho businesses and trade organizations are seeking immigration reform as a way to keep needed workers, fill jobs and offer security to hard-working families who lack legal status. Workers without legal residency pack an economic punch at markets, malls and purveyors of services and goods large and small. But they generally can’t buy houses, invest their money or make other transactions that require proof of legal residency. “There’s a lot of people standing there and wanting to buy and do a lot of things, but they can’t because they don’t have the right documentation,” said Boise financial adviser Calvin Gates, who advocates granting a path to citizenship for workers who now live in the legal shadows. “Home purchases, investing in the markets - those are things that grow the economy.“Immigrants are more than twice as likely as U.S.-born citizens to start a small business,” Gates said, echoing the ratio cited by Karen Mills, administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration. “That means immigrants are making jobs, not taking them.”


The Washington Post:

The Evangelical Immigration Table launched a new round of ads in 56 congressional districts across 14 states, an effort that comes as Congress heads into the second half of its five-week summer recess. The ads, featuring local pastors, will be broadcast primarily on Christian radio stations over the next two weeks at a cost of $400,000, organizers said. They will air in Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Missouri, Oklahoma, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas and Wisconsin


ABC News:

The Senate’s immigration bill would add nearly 14,000 new jobs on average in each congressional district over the next decade, according to a new report… District-by-district data is available through this web tool. No district would see fewer than 7,000 jobs created by 2023, and an average of 13,992 new jobs would be created in each. The figures were compiled using data from a Regional Economic Models, Inc. (REMI) study of economic data and new worker visas and a Congressional Budget Office report on the impact of the Senate bill.


The Washington Post:

Congressional leaders and political insiders say that the robust and passionate evangelical campaign for immigration reform may be the game changer that tips the scales and pushes reform across the finish line.


The Washington Post:

Having even a few House Republicans going all the way to the point where they’re embracing the pathway in the Senate bill in these terms — as Heck does above — can only help, and raises the possibility that the debate may be edging in reform’s direction.


ABC News:

Sanghvi, who went on to become Facebook's first female engineer, says the uncertainties that come with worker visas affect the immigrant worker's professional and personal life.


SF Gate:

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg took his first step on the national political stage Monday night when he joined publicly with tech leaders, civil rights activists and undocumented immigrants to call for a comprehensive overhaul of the nation's immigration policies - an issue he said touches not just Silicon Valley but "the whole country."


BuzzFeed:

The Facebook CEO will speak publicly for the first time about comprehensive immigration reform at a screening of Documented.


Arkansas Democrat-Gazette:

Little Rock business and education leaders gathered at City Hall on Monday to talk about immigration issues on a local level with a focus on jobs… “I asked people to raise their hands if they’d talked to their congressmen about the need for immigration reform,” said Stodola, who is also co-chairman of the U.S. Conference of Mayors’ Comprehensive Immigration Reform task force. “Nearly every hand in the room went up. That’s a sign to me that this is an issue we must discuss and that moving swiftly would be a benefit to our local economy on many levels.”


The State (SC):

"This is the only place on earth where we protect the pursuit of happiness in our constitution,” Montalvo said. “Why on earth would we turn our backs on the people who want to give us their very best? It’s not only the right thing to do, but it makes good economic sense."


TechCrunch:

Today FWD.us sent emails to those who’d previously signed up on its site asking them to call their senators and state their preference for immigration reform.

AllFacebook:

FWD.us, the political advocacy group led by Facebook Co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, is taking the phrase, “Call your congressman,” and putting its own high-tech stamp behind it.


New Hampshire Union Leader:

The Gang of Eight bill increases the number of legal, skilled immigrants, helping high-tech employers such as Merrimack’s GT Advanced Technologies hire the engineers they need to grow our economy and create jobs for other Americans. It re-establishes a guest worker program that will benefit New Hampshire apple growers and ski areas that depend on seasonal laborers. And it provides provisional legal status — but not necessarily citizenship — to 11 million undocumented people, thousands of whom live among us as neighbors.


Politico:

In a letter being released Thursday, more than 110 economists urged Hill leadership to enact comprehensive immigration reform, portraying it as a necessity to improve the country’s fiscal outlook.


Fox News:

On Tuesday, a Senate committee passed an immigration reform bill that would create a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants. The bill would also strengthen border security. It now goes to the full Senate for a vote. The provisions in the bill are popular with the public.


Roll Call:

An integral part of our nation’s security is our legal immigration system, which is currently a broken relic of the past. We must address this issue for the safety and security of every American.


Wall Street Journal:

The Senate immigration bill will help improve Social Security’s long-term solvency and reduce the number of immigrants entering the U.S. illegally, according to a Social Security Administration analysis.


Washington Post Op-ed:

“To lead the world in this new economy, we need the most talented and hardest-working people. We need to train and attract the best. We need those middle-school students to be tomorrow’s leaders.”


TechCrunch

"Leaders from Facebook, Google, and other tech giants today announced they’re banding together to form a political advocacy group called FWD.us, designed to promote policies that will keep the American workforce competitive. The bipartisan group’s first priority is pushing for comprehensive immigration reform, but it will also support education reform and scientific research."


Associated Press

“Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and other Silicon Valley leaders have formally launched a political group aimed at revamping immigration policy, boosting education and encouraging investment in scientific research.”


Reuters

“FWD.us, which is focused on promoting bipartisan policies to improve the U.S. "knowledge economy," includes technology executives such as Zuckerberg and Dropbox CEO Drew Houston, and venture capitalists John Doerr, Reid Hoffman and Jim Breyer. The group's introduction comes as legislators in Congress are working to draft legislation to reform the country's immigration system."


Wall Street Journal

“The group is supported by more than two dozen prominent technology leaders, including a circle of 11 founders made up of Mr. Zuckerberg and Joe Green, Mr. Zuckerberg’s former Harvard University roommate who will now serve as president of Fwd.us. It also includes Aditya Agarwal, vice president of engineering at Dropbox Inc., Jim Breyer a partner at Accel Partners, Matt Cohler a general partner at Benchmark Capital, Ron Conway, a prominent early stage technology investor, John Doerr a general partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Reid Hoffman, co-founder of LinkedIn Inc., Drew Houston CEO of DropBox Inc., Chamath Palihapitiya, a former Facebook executive and a managing partner at The Social+Capital Partnership and Ruchi Sanghvi, vice president of operations at Dropbox Inc.”

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