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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...

Forum Ready to Work with Administration and Congress on Immigration Reform

January 28, 2010

Leaders should Work Together on Bipartisan Solutions   Washington, DC – Tonight, during the State of the Union address, President Obama said Congress must continue working to fix our broken immigration system. 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.   Our broken immigration system is a major problem that the American people expect their elected leaders to...

Forum Praises DHS’ Decision to Expedite Adoptions for Haitian Orphans

January 19, 2010

  Washington, DC – Yesterday, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced a humanitarian parole policy for Haitian orphans eligible for adoption in the United States. The announcement follows a series of policy changes to enhance American relief efforts to Haiti including Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation for Haitian nationals living in the U.S. and a temporary halt in deportations to Haiti. The following is a statement by Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the National...

Forum Applauds Department of Homeland Security Decision to Grant TPS to Haitians

January 15, 2010

Washington, DC – This week, a devastating earthquake struck Haiti killing thousands and nearly destroying the capital. The Department of Homeland Security has just announced it will grant Temporary Protected Status to eligible Haitian nationals in the U.S. 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. Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with the Haitian people...

Forum Mourns Earthquake Tragedy In Haiti

January 13, 2010

Urges President Obama to grant temporary protected status to Haitians living in the US    Washington, DC – Yesterday, a major catastrophic earthquake struck Haiti, turning much of the Capital, Port-au-Prince, to dust.  It appears that casualties are mounting, and hundreds of thousands of lives are feared lost..  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.   Our...

Study Makes Strong Economic Case for Immigration Reform

January 07, 2010

Reform would result in $1.5 Trillion increase in U.S. GDP   Washington, DC – Today, the Center for American Progress and the Immigration Policy Center released a new study by University of California at Los Angeles professor Raúl Hinojosa-Ojeda. The study, titled “Raising the Floor for American Workers: The Economic Benefit of Comprehensive Immigration Reform” states that legalization through immigration reform along with a program that allows for future immigration based on the labor market,...

Detention Policy Changes Welcomed

December 18, 2009

Washington, DC – Yesterday, ICE announced a revised policy regarding the detention of asylum seekers who are apprehended coming to the U.S.  The administration indicated that immigrants who are identified as asylum seekers at a port of entry and are found to have a credible fear of persecution should they be returned to their country of origin will soon automatically be considered for release into the U.S. while their immigration case is pending. The following is a statement by Ali Noorani,...

House Panel Seeks Way Forward on Immigration Detention Management

December 10, 2009

Until Immigration Reform is in place, System will Continue to be Overburdened   Washington, DC – Today, the House Committee on Homeland Security held a hearing on immigration detention reforms. The hearing, titled “Moving Toward More Effective Immigration Detention Management” joined the growing chorus of voices calling for urgent action to improve the scandal-plagued immigration detention system. Recent data from the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, and reports by Human Rights Watch...

Sec Napolitano: Congress Must Act on Immigration Reform

December 10, 2009

  Washington, DC –Today, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano testified at an oversight hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee to provide an update on her agency’s achievements including border and interior enforcement and the need for thorough reforms to our immigration system. The following is a statement by Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum.  The Forum is a non-partisan, non-profit pro-immigrant advocacy organization in Washington and a...

As Good as it Gets: Reform Must Be the Next Benchmark to Achieve True Homeland Security

November 19, 2009

  Washington DC – Over the last week it is evident that comprehensive immigration reform is part and parcel to the security of our nation. Today, the House Appropriations Homeland Security Subcommittee held a hearing on human, gun and drug trafficking at the U.S – Mexico Border, last Friday the Texas Border Coalition (TBC) released a report and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars held a symposium on resources at ports of entry and new border security strategies, and on that...


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