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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

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...

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...

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