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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

Border Leaders Provide Road Map for Real, Effective Border Security

May 12, 2010

Fixing Immigration System Is Part And Parcel of Improved Border Security   Washington, D.C. ­– The National Immigration Forum along with Arizona Congressman Raul Grijalva, and a coalition of border leaders hosted a press conference on Capitol Hill to highlight the renewed focus on the border and announce a set of comprehensive policy recommendations to recalibrate security in the region.  Led by Congressman Grijalva, the participants emphasized that fixing our broken immigration system is the...

Immigration Reform Gathers Steam As Democrats Release Comprehensive Outline

April 29, 2010

    Republican Senators Should Step Forward, Offer Their Ideas   Washington DC – Today Senator Harry Reid (D-NV), Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY), and Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) released their framework for bi-partisan comprehensive immigration reform legislation. This serious invitation to Republicans to come to the table to negotiate is a step forward in the immigration reform debate – something the country desperately needs as states pursue band-aid fixes to our broken system. The following...

Obama Must Reassert Federal Control of Immigration

April 23, 2010

President’s remarks on Arizona Law Welcomed but More is Needed   Washington, DC ­– Arizona Governor Jan Brewer is expected this afternoon to sign or veto the controversial state bill SB 1070 , the country's toughest state law attempting to go beyond existing federal civil immigration laws and create new state laws that make it a crime to be in the country without proper documentation. Today, during a military naturalization ceremony at the White House, President Obama criticized the sweeping...

Arizona’s New Anti-Immigrant Law Enshrines Racial Profiling, Governor Should Veto

April 14, 2010

Foolish State Approach Underscores Desperate Need for CIR     Washington, DC - On April 13, the Arizona House of Representatives approved a law that makes it a crime for undocumented immigrants to be in Arizona, gives police the authority to investigate the immigration status of any person they encounter if they have "reasonable suspicion" that the person is in the country illegally, and permits citizens to sue if they believe that the law is not being enforced.  A similar bill has already...

287 (g) on Thin ICE

April 02, 2010

Inspector general Report Finds Lack of accountability and oversight    Washington, DC - Today, the Department of Homeland Security's Office of Inspector General released a report on the Immigration and Custom Enforcement's 287(g) program. This program authorizes local law enforcement agents to enforce federal immigration laws.  The program has created tensions within communities where local law enforcement agents have used their delegated authority to conduct large-scale operations in Latino...

Forum Praises Introduction of Refugee Protection Act

March 16, 2010

legislation upholds America’s tradition of welcoming those fleeing persecution   Washington, DC – This week marks the 30th Anniversary of the Refugee Act of 1980.  Since that law took effect, the United States has provided refuge for hundreds of thousands of persons who have been forced to flee because of fear they would be persecuted and tortured in their home country.  In recent years, however, often in response to security concerns, new laws, legal interpretations, and administrative...

Reform Immigration FOR America: Congress, It’s Go TIme on Immigration Reform

March 11, 2010

Administration Makes Strong Commitment to Achieving Reform This Year   Washington, D.C. — Today Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum and Chair of the Reform Immigration for America Campaign met with President Obama and was joined by other immigrant rights leaders from grassroots, labor, and faith organizations for a meeting at the White House on next steps for comprehensive immigration reform legislation.   We had a lively and straightforward meeting with the...

President Obama Gets Ball Rolling on Immigration but Concrete Legislative Action is Still Needed

March 05, 2010

thousands to mobilize for Comprehensive Immigration Reform   Washington, DC –Yesterday, La Opinión and Los Angeles Times reported that President Obama met with members of his Domestic Policy to discuss strategy to advance a comprehensive immigration reform bill through Congress before the midterm elections. The following is a statement by Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum, a non-Partisan pro-immigrant advocacy organization based in Washington.   We are encouraged...

Court Evidence Reveals Collusion Between ICE and Employer

February 03, 2010

Abuse Underscores Need for Comprehensive Immigration Reform   Washington, DC –Yesterday, the New York Times revealed that immigration authorities allegedly colluded with Signal International, L.L.C., a Mississippi oil rig company, to punish and deport legal immigrant workers who chose to exercise their labor rights. Today, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and the New Orleans Workers’ Center for Racial Justice presented evidence obtained as part of a lawsuit against the agency,...

President’s Budget Includes More Accountability in Immigration

February 02, 2010

congressional action on immigration reform still required   Washington, DC – Yesterday, President Obama unveiled his FY2011 federal budget request, including funding for immigration-related provisions such as border and interior enforcement, the immigration court system, and immigrant integration programs. 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.   The...

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