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National Immigration Forum press releases and statements are issued to provide perspective on key policies, legislative actions, reports, and events. View our latest releases below. For prior year releases, use the navigation buttons at the bottom of this page.

Press Releases

Baptist World Alliance Passes Resolution on Unaccompanied Migrant Children

July 11, 2014

IZMIR, TURKEY — Today, the Baptist World Alliance Resolutions Committee unanimously passed a resolution that addresses the humanitarian crisis of undocumented children and some mothers fleeing their home countries. The resolution calls for a compassionate response, referencing the biblical call to welcome the stranger in our midst. Dr. Warren H. Stewart, Sr., Senior Pastor at First Institutional Baptist Church in Phoenix and Chair of the National Immigration Forum Board, is attending the...

Statement on President Obama’s Remarks in Dallas

July 10, 2014

WASHINGTON – Earlier this evening, President Obama met with Texas Governor Rick Perry and faith and business leaders in Dallas to discuss the crisis on the border. Following the meeting, the President called on Congress to approve his request for $3.7 billion in emergency funding to deal with the border crisis. In response to the meeting, Ali Noorani, executive director of the National Immigration Forum made the following statement: “Humanitarian crises require bold solutions. "While the...

President’s Budget Request Addresses Migrant Children and Families

July 08, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today the president sent Congress a $3.7 billion supplemental budget request to respond to children and families who have entered the United States. Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum, responded to the request with the following statement: “This request comes not a moment too soon. Clearly the administration understands that we must create a process to respond to children and families crossing the border. That said, the devil will be in...

Congress, President Must Partner to Address Unaccompanied Migrant Children

July 07, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. — As the conversation around unaccompanied migrant children continues, one focal point continues to be the protestors in Murrieta, Calif., who last week blocked Homeland Security buses from entering the town and delivering migrant children and adults to a processing facility. Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum, made the following statement on the protests and responding to migrant children who are here: “The No. 1 priority right now is to...

House Needs Serious Solutions, Not Political Posturing

July 03, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. — On Wednesday, Congressman Darrell Issa (CA-49) released a letter, signed by 35 House Republicans, that addresses the president regarding the arrival of unaccompanied migrant children. Among other requests, they ask the president to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum, responded to the letter: “The migration of unaccompanied children is a humanitarian crisis that needs serious...

Obama Plans Executive Action on Immigration

June 30, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today President Obama announced that he will move forward with executive action on immigration reform, following a call last week in which House Speaker John Boehner said Congress would not vote on reform this year. The president said he will immediately refocus enforcement resources at the border. By the end of the summer, he will consider recommendations on additional administrative action from the Justice and Homeland Security departments. In response to the...

U.S. Conference of Mayors Urges Citizenship

June 27, 2014

Resolution Encourages Permanent Residents to Take Next Step WASHINGTON, D.C. — On Tuesday, the U.S. Conference of Mayors passed a resolution urging policy changes in order to allow more eligible permanent residents to become U.S. citizens. At its 82nd Annual Meeting in Dallas, the conference appealed to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to ease the process. “It is in the interest of the federal government and...

Foro anuncia tres nuevos miembros de su junta directiva

June 25, 2014

Washington, D.C. — El Foro Nacional de Inmigración (National Immigration Forum) anunció la semana pasada el nombramiento de tres nuevos miembros de su junta directiva: Manuel Cunha, Jr., Suzii Paynter y Arturo Sarukhan. “Nos complace dar la bienvenida a estos nuevos directores en este momento crítico para los inmigrantes en los Estados Unidos”, dijo Ali Noorani, Director Ejecutivo del Foro Nacional de Inmigración. “Llegan con inspiración y profunda experiencia en los ámbitos de...

Bipartisan House Bill Would Encourage Citizenship

June 24, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today Republican Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL-27) and Democratic Rep. Tony Cárdenas (CA-29) announced that they are introducing the New American Success Act. The bill would help new Americans integrate quickly by working to smooth access to English-language, civics and other programs through the naturalization process. In remarks about the bill, Ros-Lehtinen highlighted the Bethlehem Project and the participation of many hotels in her district. Wendy Kallergis, CEO of...

Senate Confirms Leon Rodriguez as Director of Citizenship and Immigration Services

June 24, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. — This afternoon, the United States Senate confirmed Leon Rodriguez as Director of United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Rodriguez moves from his position as director of the Office for Civil Rights at the Department of Health and Human Services, where he has been since September 2011. After the confirmation, Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum, made the following statement: “Leon Rodriguez brings strong...

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