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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...

State of the Union Highlights Bipartisan Support for Immigration Reform

January 28, 2014

President’s Speech and Republican Response Both Address Need for Action WASHINGTON, D.C. — This evening, President Obama gave his State of the Union Address from the U.S. House of Representatives, followed by a rebuttal from Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-05). After the speeches, Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum, made the following statement: “Tonight’s remarks were an encouraging sign of the road ahead on immigration reform in 2014....

A New Year’s Resolution for Congress: Immigration Reform in 2014

January 02, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. — According to today’s New York Times, House Speaker John Boehner is “committed to what he calls ‘step by step’ moves to revise immigration laws.” Following a year in which support for broad, bipartisan reform gained momentum across the political spectrum, 2014 offers renewed prospects for Congress and the nation to reap the benefits of a new immigration process. “Speaker Boehner and other House Republican leaders want to get immigration reform done,” said Ali...

Senate Confirms Alejandro Mayorkas as Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security

December 20, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. — This morning, the United States Senate confirmed Alejandro Mayorkas as the new Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security. After the confirmation, Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum, made the following statement: “We congratulate Alejandro Mayorkas on his appointment as Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security. “With his extensive immigration experience as director of United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, Mayorkas is well...

ICE Announces Annual Deportation Numbers

December 19, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. — This afternoon, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced deportation numbers for fiscal year 2013, which ended Sept. 30. Total deportations numbered 368,644. However, tens of thousands of individuals who had no criminal conviction were deported from the United States. As noted in a newly updated National Immigration Forum policy paper released today, “An increasing number of states, counties, and localities are starting to reconsider how they respond to ICE...

Top Conservative Leaders Laud Successes of 2013, Urge Action on Immigration Reform in 2014

December 18, 2013

**For recording of today’s call click here.** WASHINGTON, D.C. — This morning, Bibles, Badges and Business for Immigration Reform (BBB) leaders hosted a media call to highlight the progress made on immigration reform in 2013 and the opportunities 2014 holds. Speakers discussed the unique momentum for reform in the final year of the 113th Congress. The following quotes can be attributed to participants in today’s media call: Al Cardenas, Chairman, American Conservative Union: “I am...

Senate Confirms Jeh Johnson as Secretary of Homeland Security

December 17, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. — This evening, the United States Senate voted to confirm Jeh Johnson as the new Secretary of Homeland Security. After the confirmation, Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum, made the following statement: “We congratulate Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson on his appointment to one of the most challenging jobs in Washington. “He comes into the position at a crucial time for immigration: tasked with enforcing a broken system while...

ICYMI: Bipartisan Budget Vote Sets Stage for Immigration Reform

December 13, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. — In a strong example of bipartisan agreement, the House of Representatives passed a two-year budget deal on Thursday in a 332-94 vote. Speaker John Boehner showed emphatic support for the agreement, perhaps foreshadowing the path forward for bipartisan immigration reform efforts in 2014. “Our lawmakers’ abilities to work across the aisle will continue to be crucial for us to overhaul our broken immigration system,” said Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the National...

As President Speaks, Americans are Ready for Immigration Reform

November 25, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. — This afternoon, President Obama gave a speech on immigration reform in San Francisco. The following is a statement from Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum, regarding President Obama’s speech: “President Obama is right when he says ‘it is long past time to reform an immigration system that doesn’t serve America as well as it should.’ And America agrees. “According to a report today from the nonpartisan Public Religion Research...


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