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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

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...

Reform Immigration FOR America Campaign Launched to Spearhead National Immigration Reform Effort

June 03, 2009

Coalition Joins Forces To Push For Immigration Solutions In 2009   Washington, DC – A national campaign to help President Obama make good on his promise to pass comprehensive immigration reform in 2009 was unveiled at a press conference in Washington today.  The event was part of a week-long series of activities across the country to demonstrate broad national support for comprehensive immigration reform and a commitment to win the legislative battle expected later in the year.  The campaign...

Wave of Events Across the Country Kick Off Reform Immigration FOR America Campaign

June 01, 2009

events build momentum for moving forward on immigration reform this year   Washington, DC – This week, in an unprecedented display of grassroots coordination, energy, and unity, hundreds of grassroots advocates across the country are organizing a series of national and local events to launch the Reform Immigration FOR America campaign. The Reform Immigration FOR America campaign is a united national effort that brings together individuals and national and local organizations representing...

White House to Convene Comprehensive Immigration Reform Meeting

May 20, 2009

       June 8 Meeting Moves the Ball Forward   Washington, DC – Today, the White House announced that a bipartisan group of Senators and Congressional Representatives would meet with the President on June 8 to discuss comprehensive immigration reform.  The following is a statement by Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum, a non-partisan pro-immigrant advocacy group in Washington.    There is motion, movement, momentum, and progress towards the White House and...

A Big Day: Momentum Towards Comprehensive Immigration Reform

May 20, 2009

Family Immigration Bill, Border Security Hearing, Police Foundation Report Move Ball Forward   Washington, DC – Today, a number of events show that momentum is building towards an immigration reform debate this year.  Senators Menendez (D-NJ), Gillibrand, D-NY), Kennedy (D-MA), and Schumer (D-NY) will introduce the Reuniting Families Act, legislation that would resolve family immigration backlogs, recapture unused visas, and promote timely reunification of immigrant families.  The Senate...

AgJOBS Reintroduction: Congress is Serious About Immigration Reform

May 14, 2009

  Washington, DC – Today, Senator Diane Feinstein (D-CA) and Representatives Howard Berman (D-CA) and Adam Putnam (R-FL) introduced in both chambers of Congress the Agricultural Job Opportunities, Benefits and Security Act, or AgJOBS, bipartisan legislation supported by both business and labor, that will stabilize labor markets in the agricultural industry while providing a path to earned citizenship for eligible farm workers.  The following is a statement by Ali Noorani, Executive Director...

Postville, Iowa Anniversary Reminds Us what is at Stake in Immigration Reform

May 11, 2009

  Washington, DC – Tuesday, May 12, 2009, is the first anniversary of the massive raid on a kosher meat packing plant in Postville, Iowa.  At the time, it was the largest immigration workplace enforcement raid in U.S. history, although it has been surpassed since.  The following is a statement by Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum, a non-partisan pro-immigrant advocacy group in Washington.    Postville was the most egregious example of immigration enforcement on...

President’s Budget, Secretary Napolitano’s Testimony Point Towards Better Immigration Enforcement

May 06, 2009

Accountability And Improving Systems, Targeting Resources, and Setting The Table For Reform   Washington, DC – On Thursday, the President’s FY2010 detailed budget will be released to the public, but senior administration officials released certain immigration-related details on a conference call with non-profit organization leaders earlier today.  Also on Wednesday, Secretary Janet Napolitano appeared before the Judiciary Committee of the United States Senate for an oversight hearing on the...

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