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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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New Citizen Voters Call for Immigration Solutions, not Immigration Demagoguery

November 05, 2008

Washington, DC – The following is a statement from Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum, a non-partisan pro-immigrant advocacy group in Washington, DC. The election is over and the results are in: Latinos and eligible immigrant voters turned out in record numbers for President-Elect Barack Obama.  We congratulate Senator Obama and his family on this momentous victory and welcome a new day for immigration reform. Looking closely at news across the country we see that...

Immigrant Voters: A New Energized Political Force

November 04, 2008

Washington, DC – The following is a statement from Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum, a non-partisan pro-immigrant advocacy group in Washington, DC. The excitement that has pushed Americans to register to vote in record numbers has also flourished within the immigrant community. Immigrant bashing and the failure of the broken immigration system have fueled immigrants’ desire to attain citizenship and make their voices heard. As a result, this election will...

DHS Undermines Economic Security with No-Match Rule

October 24, 2008

Washington, DC – Today, DHS issued a final administrative rule notifying employers that failure to take action upon receipt of Social Security Administration "no-match" letters will serve as constructive notice that an employer had hired an employee who was an undocumented immigrant.  These "no-match" letters are in fact wage report letters issued by the Social Security Administration that are designed to identify possible record-keeping errors and other problems associated with matching wages...

Good Money After Bad: The DHS Budget and Immigration

October 04, 2008

Washington, DC – A Continuing Resolution passed by Congress kept the Government in business past midnight on Tuesday, the end of the fiscal year.  Most parts of the government are funded only through March, 6, 2009, but the Department of Homeland Security’s budget for the whole year was approved.  DHS will receive $39.98 billion.  The following is a statement from Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum. Happy Fiscal New Year, at least if you are in the DHS budget...

Senators Menendez and Kennedy Stand Up for Due Process in Immigration Enforcement

September 27, 2008

Washington, DC – Last night, Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Edward M. Kennedy (D-MA) introduced S. 3594, the Protect Citizens and Residents from Unlawful Raids and Detention Act, a bill that would preserve basic due process rights for U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents, and workers involved in labor disputes who are swept up in immigration raids.  The following is a statement by Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum, a non-partisan, pro-immigrant advocacy...

House Judiciary Committee Stands Up for Immigrant Soldiers on Citizenship Day

September 19, 2008

Washington, DC – Yesterday, the House Judiciary Committee voted 16-12 to report out favorably HR 6020, a bill that streamlines the naturalization process for immigrants serving in the military and strengthens the principles of family reunification for military personnel and their families.  The bill also ensures that the Department of Homeland Security refrain from deporting military family members under certain conditions and authorizes immigration judges to exercise greater discretion in...

Thousands to Become New American Citizens as Nation Marks Citizenship Day

September 17, 2008

Washington, DC – September 17 is Citizenship Day in the United States; a day to celebrate the Constitution and the meaning of U.S. citizenship.  Among the activities marking Citizenship Day this week are massive naturalization ceremonies at Fenway Park in Boston (Wednesday), a thousand-person ceremony (this past Monday) in Las Vegas, a 900-person swearing-in in Orlando (also Monday), and another 600-person ceremony in Denver today, among many others.  U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services...

Hurricane ICE Blows into Mississippi

August 27, 2008

Washington, DC – Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is conducting a large scale raid or raids this week in Laurel, Mississippi, reportedly detaining 350 people so far, just a few days after ending “Operation Scheduled Departure,” a program designed to highlight ICE’s humanitarian side.  The following is a statement by Douglas Rivlin, Director of Communication for the National Immigration Forum, a non-partisan, pro-immigrant advocacy group in Washington. As the rains of what remains of...

Census Projections Are Latest Chapter in a Long American Story

August 15, 2008

The Future Prosperity of the United States Depends on the Succesful Integration of Today's Newcomers Washington, DC – The following is a statement issued by Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum, a pro-immigrant advocacy organization in Washington, DC:  Today’s release of the Census Bureau’s projections for increased diversity in the United States confirms that this nation of immigrants continues to be the great hope on the horizon and a land of opportunity for all...

At Outset of Congressional Summer Vacation, Signs of Life on Immigration Reform

August 02, 2008

Washington, DC – The following is a statement by Mary Giovagnoli, Policy and Advocacy Director for the National Immigration Forum, a non-partisan, pro-immigrant advocacy organization. Congress leaves Washington today for about a month of vacation, campaigning, and conventions.  But before they left, a little progress was made on fixing discrete parts of our broken immigration system that is worth highlighting. A five year reauthorization of the E-Verify electronic employment verification system...


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