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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...

DHS Taking a Better Approach to Enforcement, but No Substitute for Reform

April 30, 2009

Washington, DC – On Thursday, the Department of Homeland Security announced that new guidelines were being disseminated to enforcement personnel related to workplace raids.  A fact sheet on the new policies was issued and the New York Times ran a story today.  The following is a statement by Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum, a non-partisan pro-immigrant advocacy group in Washington.   Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the Department of Homeland...

Immigration Debate Takes Forceful Step Forward

April 30, 2009

Washington, DC – On Thursday (4/30, 2:00 p.m. ET), Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) will hold his first hearing as Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Immigration, Border Security, and Refugees.  The hearing, “Comprehensive Immigration Reform in 2009, Can We Do It and How?” has two panels and a great array of witnesses.  The following is a statement by Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum, a non-partisan pro-immigrant advocacy group in...

The House of Labor Unifies Around an Immigration Reform Agenda

April 14, 2009

Washington, DC – Today’s front page of the New York Times reports that the AFL-CIO and the unions affiliated with Change to Win are announcing a unified set of principles supporting comprehensive immigration reform.  This wide agreement on the need for reform across organized labor that includes a legalization component for undocumented immigrants is seen as an important sign that President Barack Obama’s reform agenda will have the power to move forward.  The following is a statement by Ali...

White House Confirms Immigration Reform Will Be Addressed This Year

April 09, 2009

  Broad Support for Reform and National Mobilization Will Help Make President’s Promise A Reality   Washington, DC – Today’s front page of the New York Times reports that President Barack Obama is developing his strategy to push for comprehensive immigration reform legislation, including a legalization component for undocumented immigrants.  The following is a statement by Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum, a non-Partisan pro-immigrant advocacy organization...

Forum Mourns Tragedy at Immigrant Center in Binghamton, New York

April 03, 2009

Washington, DC –The following is a statement by Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum, a non-Partisan pro-immigrant advocacy organization based in Washington.   What happened in Binghamton is a horrific tragedy.  It appears that an agency serving immigrants and refugees was the crime scene and our hopes and prayers go out to the victims and their families.   The suspect was obviously deeply disturbed and thought violence would solve some problem he faced, which we...

DREAM Act Introduction Shows Momentum is Building for Immigration Reform

March 26, 2009

  Washington, DC – Today, Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Richard Lugar (R-IN) and Representatives Howard Berman (D-CA) and Lincoln Díaz-Balart (R-FL) and several other Republican and Democratic Representatives introduced in both chambers the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act or DREAM Act, bipartisan legislation that will benefit talented immigrant kids who attend college or serve in the military.  The following is a statement by Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the...

White House Border Violence Proposal

March 25, 2009

A Step in the Right Direction Border Communities Point to Necessary Improvements   Washington, DC – The U.S.-Mexico Border and Immigration Task Force responded positively to announcements made yesterday by President Barack Obama and Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano on new border security and law-enforcement measures the Administration is taking in response to U.S.-Mexico border violence and drug trafficking.  Today, Secretary Napolitano and senior Homeland Security staff...

Not Exactly March Madness, But It Is “The Tip-Off to a Whole New Ball Game”

March 19, 2009

President, Speaker Reaffirm Commitment to Immigration Reform   Washington, DC – At a townhall-style meeting in Costa Mesa, California, Wednesday evening, President Obama reaffirmed his commitment to pursuing comprehensive immigration reform.  This came just hours after a productive first meeting with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus on immigration at the White House.  Today, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) also reaffirmed her commitment to moving comprehensive immigration reform while...


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