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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

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...

New Leadership Has Mandate to Lead on Immigration

June 19, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. — This afternoon, the House Republican conference voted Congressman Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) in as the new Majority Leader. After the vote, Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum, made the following statement: “We congratulate Congressman McCarthy on his election as House Majority Leader and Congressman Scalise as Majority Whip. Like conservatives nationwide, the new Majority Leader and Majority Whip recognize that our immigration system is broken...

Forum Announces Three New Board Members

June 18, 2014

Washington, D.C. — Today the National Immigration Forum announced the appointment of three new board members: Manuel Cunha, Jr., Suzii Paynter and Arturo Sarukhan. “We’re pleased to welcome these new leaders to the board at this critical moment for immigrants in America,” said Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum. “They bring breadth and depth of experience in the agriculture, faith and diplomatic communities. Their vision and leadership add to an already...

Looking for Leaders on Immigration Reform

June 10, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. — In light of Eric Cantor’s primary defeat this evening, Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum, made the following statement: “In states and districts where Republicans led on immigration and did not try to play both sides, they won handily. Look at Lindsey Graham in South Carolina, Renee Ellmers in North Carolina and a host of others. “Eric Cantor’s loss is about local politics more than immigration. At the same time, he tried to play...

Advocates Support Move to Assist Migrant Children

June 06, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Responding to the humanitarian challenge of unaccompanied migrant children crossing into the U.S., today the Department of Justice and the Corporation for National and Community Service announced that they will partner to provide legal assistance to vulnerable children. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, National Latino Evangelical Coalition and National Immigration Forum have been paying close attention to this urgent situation, and leaders from these groups...

‘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...

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