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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.

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Organized Labor Report Lays Groundwork for Comprehensive Immigration Reform

October 27, 2009

  Washington, DC – Today, the AFL-CIO, American Rights at Work and the National Employment Law Project released a report on how harsh immigration enforcement has “severely interfered with the protection of workers’ rights, to the detriment of immigrant and native-born workers alike.” 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 deficient immigration system...

Rep. Crowley and Members of Congress to President: We Need Immigration Reform Now

October 23, 2009

Washington, DC –Today, Rep. Joe Crowley (D-NY) stressed the urgency for action on a comprehensive solution to our dysfunctional immigration system during a telephonic briefing with New York and national immigrant advocates. Rep. Crowley recently led 111 Democrats from the House of Representatives in sending a letter to President Obama to express their support and willingness to work with the President to make comprehensive immigration reform a legislative reality. The call was organized by the...

Congress Passes DHS Appropriations Devoid of Wedge Issue Immigration Amendments

October 21, 2009

  Washington, DC – Yesterday, the Senate approved the conference report on the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Appropriations bill HR 2892. The adopted bill dropped some harsh immigration enforcement amendments that had been added to earlier versions of the bill by restrictionists, and also included immigration measures promoting immigrant integration and family unity. The bill now heads to the President to be signed into law.  The following is a statement by Ali Noorani, Executive...

Para Eliminar la Inmigración Ilegal, EEUU Necesita la Reforma Migratoria no el Programa 287g

October 20, 2009

  Washington, DC – El viernes 15 de octubre, el Departamento de Seguridad Nacional anunció un nuevo programa estandarizado de 287(g), el cual autoriza a la policía local y estatal como agentes de inmigración. (Para más información sobre este programa, visite la página De acuerdo a nuevas directrices emitidas por la Secretaria de Seguridad Nacional Janet Napolitano, todos los acuerdos 287(g) con entidades locales y estatales debieron haber sido renegociados y...

Eliminating Illegal Immigration: America Needs Immigration Reform not the 287(g) Enforcement Program

October 16, 2009

  Washington, DC – Today the Department of Homeland Security announced a new standardized 287(g) program, which provides a means for state and local police to get involved in immigration enforcement.  (A backgrounder on the current state of the 287(g) program was posted on the Forum’s ImmPolitic blog Thursday).  All previous 287(g) agreements with state and local entities were to have been revamped and renegotiated under a new set of guidelines put in place by Secretary Janet Napolitano in...

Moving Forward Together: Families, Veterans, Clergy, Members of Congress Push for Immigration Reform

October 14, 2009

  U.S. Capitol Event Drives Home Message: Don’t Break Up Our Families   Washington, DC – Today, the Reform Immigration FOR America campaign brought together immigrant and veterans’ families, clergy, and Members of Congress for a vigil on the grounds of the U.S. Capitol to renew the push for comprehensive immigration reform in the 111th Congress.  Rep. Luis V. Gutierrez (D-IL), flanked by Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Rep. Nydia Velazquez (D-NY), Chair...

Detention Reform: At Last

October 06, 2009

      good plans must be followed by action   Washington, DC – Today, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) made public a review of its scandal-plagued immigration detention system.  With the release of the report, DHS committed to a series of changes to create a detention system more appropriate to a largely non-criminal population that is charged with committing administrative immigration law offenses.   The following is a statement by Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the National...

Developments in 287g Enforcement Program Add Urgency to Immigration Reform Fight

October 06, 2009

    Washington, DC – Last week, Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County, Arizona reportedly signed a curtailed 287(g) agreement with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to allow deputies to enforce immigration laws under the supervision of DHS Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers.  Apparently, while Sheriff Arpaio sought to renew his partnership with ICE to continue his controversial roundups of Latinos and immigrants by Sheriff’s Deputies, DHS officials instead renewed...

The Writing on the Wall: Immigration Reform is Inevitable

October 02, 2009

Washington, DC – Today, the New York Times reports that the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) within the Department of Homeland Security is taking steps to prepare to process the visa applications that would be generated if comprehensive immigration reform with a broad legalization component passes the Congress in the next year.  Referring to the expected surge in processing, USCIS Director Alejandro Mayorkas told the Times, “We are under way to prepare for that.”  The following...

Immigration Reform’s Urgency: Deaths at the Border Aren’t Falling

September 30, 2009

  Washington, DC – The Washington Post and other papers are reporting today on a new report by human rights groups in Mexico and the United States that shows that deaths along the border between the two countries are still alarmingly high.  Depending on which country’s figures you follow, 350-500 people perish per year attempting to enter 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...

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