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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

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...

Congressional Hearing Sheds Light unto Misguided Enforcement Priorities

March 04, 2009

  Washington, DC – Today, the House Committee on Homeland Security is holding a hearing to examine the 287g agreements, the federal/local agreements that allows local police to enforce federal civil immigration law.  Recent reports, including a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report released today, have called attention to the program’s lack of federal oversight and how the program is being implemented at the local level,. The following is a statement by Ali Noorani, Executive Director...

Review of Bellingham Workplace Raid is Encouraging Sign of Intelligent Approach to Immigration by Obama Administration

February 26, 2009

  Washington, DC – On Tuesday, ICE agents raided a workplace in Bellingham Washington.  On Wednesday, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano was questioned about the raid by Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) while Napolitano testified before the House Homeland Security Committee.  Later Wednesday, Secretary Napolitano announced her office would conduct a review of how and why the raid was conducted.  The following is a statement by Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the National Immigration...

Bellingham, Washington Workplace Raid Creates Crisis for Obama on Immigration

February 25, 2009

Washington, DC – On Tuesday, ICE agents raided a workplace in Bellingham Washington, reportedly arresting 28 people.  This is the first major workplace raid since President Obama took office.  The following is a statement by Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum, a non-partisan pro-immigrant advocacy organization in Washington, DC. The President is clear about his plans for the economy, health care, education, Iraq and Afghanistan; we expect nothing less than a...

More Stars Aligning for Immigration Reform in the 111th Congress

February 24, 2009

   Key DHS/ICE Personnel Announced; Congressional Hispanic Caucus Launches Immigration Reform Effort Washington, DC – On Monday, the Department of Homeland Security announced two key personnel nominations: John Morton as Assistant Secretary for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Esther Olavarria as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy for the Department of Homeland Security.  On Tuesday, Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez (D-NY), Chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, announced a...

Senator Schumer: An Encouraging Selection For Immigration Subcommittee Chairman

February 19, 2009

Washington, DC – On Wednesday, it was reported that Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) would take over as Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Immigration.  He replaces Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-MA) in that role.  The following is a statement by Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum, a non-partisan pro-immigrant advocacy group in Washington.    Selecting Senator Schumer to run the Immigration Subcommittee in the Senate shows that immigrants and...

The Forum Applauds Calls for Federal Investigation of Sheriff Arpaio’s Misconduct

February 13, 2009

  Washington, DC – On Thursday, February 12, Members of the House Judiciary   Committee requested Attorney General Eric Holder and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano to investigate misconduct by Maricopa County Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio. The letter is a direct response to Sheriff Arpaio’s February 4 actions, when he forced 220 shackled immigrants awaiting trial to march through the streets of Phoenix to a segregated facility called “Tent City”. The following is a statement by Ali...

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