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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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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...

More Signs Immigration Reform Is On-Track

March 19, 2009

President Obama’s Meeting With Congressional Hispanic Caucus Positive, Encouraging, Advocate Says Washington, DC – The entirety of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus met with President Barack Obama today at the White House and immigration reform was the sole item on the agenda.  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. Everything we’ve heard about the meeting is very...

U.S. - Mexico Border Violence Calls for Measured Intelligent Responses

March 12, 2009

  Washington, DC – Today, the Subcommittee on Border, Maritime and Global Counterterrorism of the House Committee on Homeland Security and the Subcommittee on National Security and Foreign Affairs of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform are holding hearings on violence along the U.S.-Mexico border.  Yesterday, the President answered reporters’ questions related to contingency plans in case border violence escalates, which was covered in the Dallas Morning News, Denver Post,...

Justice Department Investigation of Arizona Sheriff Welcomed, Needed, And Overdue

March 11, 2009

  Washington, DC – According to a Department of Justice (DOJ) letter dated March 10, the Civil Rights Division will be investigating Sheriff Joe Arpaio of the Maricopa County (Arizona) Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) focusing on “…alleged patterns or practices of discriminatory police practices and unconstitutional searches and seizures conducted by the MCSO, and on allegations of national origin discrimination…”  The MCSO has a 287g agreement with the Department of Homeland Security to conduct...


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