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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

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and a Hard Place WASHINGTON, D.C. — On Sunday, Jeb Bush spoke about the importance of family unity and the effect our outdated immigration policies have on families.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

N-400 Form Change Highlights Significance of Citizenship Process

February 04, 2014

New Paper Underscores Critical Importance of Citizenship WASHINGTON, D.C. — For the nation’s 8.8 million green card holders eligible for citizenship, taking the critical step to becoming a citizen is about to require much more information. United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced this morning that in 90 days, the N-400 — the citizenship application form all aspiring Americans must fill out — will double in length. With today’s announcement and in the...

House Republicans Release Standards on Immigration Reform

January 30, 2014

Move Represents Important Step Toward Reform this Year WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today during the annual House Republican retreat, Republicans released standards on immigration reform. The standards discuss ways to reform our broken immigration system in a way that secures our nation’s borders, meets the needs of employers and addresses legalization, including citizenship for DREAMers. In response, Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum, made the following...

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