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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

‘Only a Stopgap Measure’: Renewal of Deferred Action Underscores Need for Permanent Reform

June 05, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today the Department of Homeland Security announced the process by which young people who have received deferred action can renew their enrollment for another two years. With the announcement, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has published a revised application form for both renewals and initial applications. In addition to the initial guidelines, renewal applicants must have resided in the U.S. continuously since their last request for deferred action and must...

The National Immigration Forum Welcomes Cathleen Farrell and Jacinta Ma

June 04, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The National Immigration Forum announced the hiring of a new Director of Communications and a new Director of Policy and Advocacy today. Cathleen Farrell, formerly with the Inter-American Development Bank, will lead the communications team. With 30 years of experience as a bilingual communications expert and reporter, Ms. Farrell brings a wealth of knowledge to the table on leveraging communications and digital media on behalf of immigrants. Jacinta Ma, previously with...

Forum, Bethlehem Project Support First Annual Immigrant Heritage Month

June 03, 2014

Nationwide Effort to Highlight Immigrant Impact WASHINGTON, D.C. — The National Immigration Forum and the Bethlehem Project are pleased to participate in the first Immigrant Heritage Month this month. The initiative, organized by, includes individual, organizational and business partners across the country who will share inspirational immigrant stories and reflect on the critical role of immigrants and immigration in our nation’s history and future. The Forum’s Bethlehem...

DHS Updates Customs and Border Protection’s Use of Force Policy

May 30, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released an updated Use of Force Policy for its Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency. In addition, the department released an earlier review of its policy by the nonprofit, third-party Police Executive Research Forum (PERF). Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum, made the following statement regarding the release of these two documents: “Today’s release continues a positive trend...

National Groups Weigh In on Immigration Reform Timetable

May 27, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The following statement was issued by the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (NHCLC), National Immigration Forum, Service Employees International Union (SEIU), Sojourners, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Committee on Migration: “In the last few months, the national debate on immigration reform has been fraught with questions on the timing of when the U.S. House of...

Amid ENLIST Act Debate, Congress Must Keep Eye on Broader Immigration Reform

May 20, 2014

Momentum Builds for Broad Immigration Solutions WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, as part of its deliberations over the National Defense Authorization Act, the House of Representatives' Armed Services Committee will consider an amendment that would enable young undocumented immigrants to serve in the Armed Forces. If, as expected, the amendment is not included in the final bill, this is not a signal of what's to come for reform. Two momentum-boosting polls released in the past week breathe new life...

Rank-and-File Republicans Open Door for Immigration Reform

April 29, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. — As House Speaker John Boehner tries to strike a delicate balance within his party on immigration reform, members of his party in the House are acknowledging and encouraging movement toward reform this year. “[Undocumented immigrants] are Americans, and we need to acknowledge that and find a way, to those that wish to be a part of the American dream for opportunity, to make them legal,” Congressman Joe Barton (TX-06) said Friday. “I believe there is a path that we...

Solution to Deportations Requires a Vote on Immigration Reform

April 07, 2014

Broken Policies, Politics Put America Between a Rock and a Hard Place WASHINGTON, D.C. — On Sunday, Jeb Bush spoke about the importance of family unity and the effect our outdated immigration policies have on families. And this morning, the New York Times published an in-depth analysis on deportations in the past few years. Bush’s comments and the deportation data both underscore the destabilizing effects our broken immigration system has on families, communities and our nation as a...

Bipartisan House Bill Would Improve Transparency at Our Borders

March 26, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. — As the nation awaits a vote on broad immigration reform that will bring long-term stability and security to our families and our economy, bipartisan members of the House are taking a step to improve border policy. Today Congressmen Steve Pearce (NM-02) and Beto O’Rourke (TX-16) are introducing a border accountability bill that deals with training and oversight of Customs and Border Protection and Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents. It would increase training and...

Noorani, Immigration Leaders Meet with President Obama

March 14, 2014

Amid Deportation Review, Long-term Answers Are in Congress’s Hands WASHINGTON, D.C. — This afternoon, President Obama met with immigration leaders concerned about our nation’s broken immigration system. The gathering comes on the heels of Catholic and evangelical leaders’ meetings with key Republican House offices on Wednesday and amid local faith, law enforcement and business leaders’ continuing appeals for Congress to move forward. This week’s events underscore that national...

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