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Push for DREAM Act Gains Steam

September 23, 2009

more than 125 student-led events across the Country call for action on bipartisan immigration legislation   Washington, DC – Today, the United We DREAM Coalition is organizing a day of action with more than 125 events in 26 states in support of the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act or DREAM Act, bipartisan legislation that will benefit talented immigrant kids who attend college or serve in the military. The following is a statement by Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the...

The Real Questions About Immigrants and Health Insurance Reform

September 21, 2009

  Washington, DC – Today, the Senate Finance Committee begins marking-up legislation introduced by Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT), a process that could take several days..  The following is a statement by Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum, a non-partisan, non-profit pro-immigrant advocacy organization in Washington.   As we predicted, the politics of immigration have been dragged into the politics of health insurance reform.  It is now crystal clear that no issue of...

Rep. Gutierrez Pledges to Introduce Progressive Immigration Reform Bill

September 17, 2009

  Washington, DC – Today, during a community dialogue event in Washington D.C. with immigrants and new citizens celebrating Citizenship Day, Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) vowed to introduce an inclusive and progressive comprehensive immigration reform bill in the next several weeks.  The following is a statement by Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum, a non-partisan, non-profit pro-immigrant advocacy organization in Washington.   We praise Representative Gutierrez for...

Immigration Reform Advocates Mourn The Loss Of Senator Kennedy

August 26, 2009

Washington, DC – The following is a statement by Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum, a non-partisan, non-profit pro-immigrant advocacy organization in Washington.   As the head of the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition in Boston before coming to the Forum, I witnessed the deep personal commitment Senator Kennedy felt for immigrants and for fixing America’s immigration laws.  After a devastating raid in New Bedford in 2007, Senator Kennedy and...

President and Secretary Napolitano Reaffirm Commitment to Reform And Accountability of Enforcement

August 21, 2009

                                                                                                                                                 Washington, DC –On Thursday, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano and senior White House and DHS staff met with immigrant advocates and leaders from faith, business, law enforcement, and labor to discuss immigration reform.  Surprisingly, the President of the United States also dropped by the meeting unannounced.  The meeting included five...

Advocates to Sec. Napolitano: We Need You to Lead on Immigration Reform

August 19, 2009

  Thursday Meeting is Opportunity to Show Concrete Progress Towards Reform   Washington, DC –On Thursday, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano will meet with immigrant advocates and leaders from faith, business, law enforcement, and labor to discuss immigration reform.  A number of leaders of the Reform Immigration for America campaign are invited.  The following is a statement by Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum, who will be attending the meeting...

Asian American Community Supports Immigration Reform Through National Week of Action

August 18, 2009

  Events Highlight the Urgent Need for Moving Forward On Immigration Reform   Washington, DC –This week, in a national display of grassroots coordination, energy, and unity, our partner organizations in Asian American and Pacific Islander communities across the country will be organizing the first-ever National Asian American Week of Action for comprehensive immigration reform.    Activists across the country will hold press events, attend town hall meetings with members of Congress, and...

Obama Recommits to Immigration Reform

August 11, 2009

  Washington, DC – On Monday, President Obama stated at a North American summit with the leaders of Mexico and Canada, that he expects legislators to have a draft immigration bill in Congress by year’s end and laid out a timeline for what should be expected from the Administration and Congress. Also this week, Congress confirmed Alejandro Mayorkas as director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).  The following is a statement by Ali...

Obama Administration Takes Forceful Step Towards Addressing Detention Crisis

August 06, 2009

  Washington, DC – Today, the Department of Homeland Security announced changes to the way they conduct oversight and accountability in immigration detention and changes to policies regarding the T. Don Hutto immigrant detention facility in Texas.  The following is a statement by Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum, a non-partisan pro-immigrant advocacy group in Washington.    The Department of Homeland Security is taking important steps to address immigration...

Legislation to Regulate Immigration Detention System Introduced

July 30, 2009

Bills will Protect U.S. Citizens From Unlawful Detention and Ensure Due Process Rights to Detainees   Washington, DC – Today in the Senate, two important pieces of legislation seeking to fix our broken immigration detention system were introduced: the “Protect Citizens and Residents from Unlawful Detention Act” sponsored by Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Edward Kennedy (D-MA), and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and the “Strong STANDARDS Act (Safe Treatment, Avoiding Needless Deaths, and Abuse...


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