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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

Advocates to Sec. Napolitano: We Need You to Lead on Immigration Reform

August 19, 2009

  Thursday Meeting is Opportunity to Show Concrete Progress Towards Reform   Washington, DC –On Thursday, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano will meet with immigrant advocates and leaders from faith, business, law enforcement, and labor to discuss immigration reform.  A number of leaders of the Reform Immigration for America campaign are invited.  The following is a statement by Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum, who will be attending the meeting...

Asian American Community Supports Immigration Reform Through National Week of Action

August 18, 2009

  Events Highlight the Urgent Need for Moving Forward On Immigration Reform   Washington, DC –This week, in a national display of grassroots coordination, energy, and unity, our partner organizations in Asian American and Pacific Islander communities across the country will be organizing the first-ever National Asian American Week of Action for comprehensive immigration reform.    Activists across the country will hold press events, attend town hall meetings with members of Congress, and...

Obama Recommits to Immigration Reform

August 11, 2009

  Washington, DC – On Monday, President Obama stated at a North American summit with the leaders of Mexico and Canada, that he expects legislators to have a draft immigration bill in Congress by year’s end and laid out a timeline for what should be expected from the Administration and Congress. Also this week, Congress confirmed Alejandro Mayorkas as director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).  The following is a statement by Ali...

Obama Administration Takes Forceful Step Towards Addressing Detention Crisis

August 06, 2009

  Washington, DC – Today, the Department of Homeland Security announced changes to the way they conduct oversight and accountability in immigration detention and changes to policies regarding the T. Don Hutto immigrant detention facility in Texas.  The following is a statement by Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum, a non-partisan pro-immigrant advocacy group in Washington.    The Department of Homeland Security is taking important steps to address immigration...

Legislation to Regulate Immigration Detention System Introduced

July 30, 2009

Bills will Protect U.S. Citizens From Unlawful Detention and Ensure Due Process Rights to Detainees   Washington, DC – Today in the Senate, two important pieces of legislation seeking to fix our broken immigration detention system were introduced: the “Protect Citizens and Residents from Unlawful Detention Act” sponsored by Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Edward Kennedy (D-MA), and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and the “Strong STANDARDS Act (Safe Treatment, Avoiding Needless Deaths, and Abuse...

Worker Verification Only Works In A Working Immigration System

July 21, 2009

Washington, DC – Today, the Subcommittee on Immigration, Border Security and Citizenship holds a hearing to examine changes to improve our current employment verification system.  The hearing, chaired by Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY), is part of a series of investigative hearings intended to point the way towards comprehensive reform of our immigration system and legislation Sen. Schumer intends to introduce by Labor Day.  The following is a statement by Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the...

Obama Administration Announces Review, Extension of 287 (g) program

July 10, 2009

  Advocates Question Extension of the Problematic Program Until New Standards Are Proven   Washington, DC – Today, the Secretary of Homeland Security announced the results of a long-awaited review of the so-called 287(g) program at Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), a program by which state and local law enforcement and corrections authorities work with federal immigration authorities to identify and remove immigrants.  The Secretary also announced ICE would be expanding the program to...

Senate Takes Detour on the Road to Comprehensive Immigration Reform

July 09, 2009

Sen. Schumer Announces Bill Introduction “By Labor Day” But Ineffective Piecemeal Amendments Approved Anyway   Washington, DC – Today, the Senate adopted more workplace enforcement and immigration-related amendments to the Department of Homeland Security funding bill they are debating.  Meanwhile, Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Chair of the Immigration Subcommittee in the Senate, told reporters he plans to draft and introduce comprehensive immigration reform legislation by Labor Day.  The...

Immigration: Focus Should be On Comprehensive Reform

July 08, 2009

Administration Announces E-Verify Expansion, No-Match Rule Rescission, While Senate Plays Politics   Washington, DC – Today the White House and Department of Homeland Security announced an expansion of the E-Verify system, a seriously flawed experimental electronic worker verification data-base, to all federal contractors. At the same time, the Obama Administration also announced it would rescind the pending rule on the Social Security no-match program (rules relating to employers and their...

After Presidential Call to Action: Focus Shifts to Congress for Immigration Solutions

June 26, 2009

Washington, DC – The meeting between President Obama and Members of Congress in both parties Thursday went very well by all accounts. The following is a statement by Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum, speaking on behalf of the Reform Immigration FOR America campaign, a recently launched national campaign to get comprehensive immigration reform passed this year.   In the coming weeks the Reform Immigration for America campaign will be working in at least 41...

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