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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

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and a Hard Place WASHINGTON, D.C. — On Sunday, Jeb Bush spoke about the importance of family unity and the effect our outdated immigration policies have on families.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...

Ali Noorani Joins Immigration Meeting with President Obama

March 14, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. — As President Obama meets with immigration leaders today, conservative support for congressional action on immigration reform continues to build around the country, fueled by the unprecedented mobilization of those who hold a Bible, wear a badge or own a business. Since January 2013, these unlikely allies have organized 370 events, generated more than 1,000 news stories and held hundreds of meetings with members and their offices. “As we approach the unprecedented...

Department of Homeland Security Releases Use-of-Force Policies

March 07, 2014

Release Represents Important Step toward Departmental Transparency WASHINGTON, D.C. — This afternoon, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released its existing use-of-force policies for the department as a whole as well as its Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agencies. Chief of the Border Patrol Michael Fisher also released a directive on safe tactics in the use of force at the border. The release follows Los Angeles Times coverage of...

Gil Kerlikowske Confirmed as Head of Customs and Border Protection

March 06, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. — This afternoon, the U.S. Senate confirmed Gil Kerlikowske as the Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection. After the confirmation, Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum, made the following statement: “We congratulate Gil Kerlikowse on his confirmation as the Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection. His years of experience as a law enforcement officer and our nation’s drug czar will help him tackle the daily challenges...

The Immigration Compliance Enforcement Act: A Step in the Wrong Direction

March 04, 2014

House Judiciary to Mark Up Congresswoman Black’s Bill WASHINGTON, D.C. — House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (VA-06) has scheduled a markup Wednesday morning of the Immigration Compliance Enforcement Act, sponsored by GOP Congresswoman Diane Black (TN-06). The bill would prohibit the use of federal funds for critical immigration positions within the office of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, including Public Advocate and Deputy Assistant Director of Custody...

Additional Child Tax Credit Vote Could Harm One Million Undocumented Youth

February 11, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. — This afternoon, the Senate is expected to vote on an amendment proposed by Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) on the Additional Child Tax Credit (ACTC). The amendment would deny the refundable Child Tax Credit to 1 million undocumented youth. Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum, made the following statement regarding today’s vote: “This amendment targets the most vulnerable among us — young, undocumented children from low-income...

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