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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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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...

White House Meeting Starts Immigration Reform Process: “President Shows Way Forward”

June 25, 2009

Focus Shifts to Congress for Solutions and Action   Washington, DC – The President meets with Members of Congress today to discuss moving comprehensive immigration reform forward in Congress this year. 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.   The President is putting this...

President Reaffirms His Commitment to Comprehensive Immigration Reform

June 19, 2009

Statement by Ali Noorani, Executive Director Washington, DC – The President, speaking at the Esperanza USA National Hispanic Prayer Breakfast in Washington this morning, called on Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform as “a fair, practical and promising way forward.”  Next week (6/25), the President is slated to meet with Congressional leaders in both parties to discuss ways to move forward on immigration reform.  The following is a statement by Ali Noorani, Executive Director of...

Illegal Entry at a 36 Year Low But Reality Necessitates Reform

June 16, 2009

Comprehensive Immigration Reform Needed toReset System, Regain Control, Prepare For Future   Washington, DC – Today, the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Immigration Statistics released data on the number of immigrants apprehended at the border attempting illegal entry.  The report shows that apprehensions at the border are at a 36 year low.   The number of apprehensions made by the Border Patrol declined for the third year in a row to 724,000 in 2008 after reaching a mid-decade...

Momentum Towards Immigration Reform: Business Leaders Continue Cacophony of Support

June 15, 2009

      Washington, DC – Today, Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum, a non-partisan pro-immigrant advocacy organization, speaks in Washington at the Immigration Works USA national summit for grassroots business owners and leaders who support comprehensive immigration reform.  The summit brings together hundreds of small and large business owners and their allies from industries that rely on immigrant workers and are pushing for the passage of comprehensive...

White House Meeting: Delay is a Mistake, but not a Setback

June 12, 2009

  Washington, DC – A meeting the President was slated to have Wednesday (June 17) at the White House with a bipartisan group of Congressional leaders on immigration reform has been delayed.  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.   We think delaying the meeting is a...


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