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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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Senate Says “No” to Politics of Fear, “Yes” to Health Care for Children

January 31, 2009

Senate Protects Access to Health Insurance for Millions of Children, Including Immigrant Children Washington, DC – Yesterday, the Senate passed a bill (H.R. 2) to reauthorize and expand the State Children's Health Insurance Program (S-CHIP), returning the bill to the House, which plans to quickly finalize it for President Obama’s signature. The bi-partisan bill passed by an impressive margin of 66 – 32 and included long fought-for improvements by child and healthcare advocates. Those changes...

Tripping Over Immigration Reform…Again

January 27, 2009

Until A Strategy For Reform Is In Place, Congress Will Continue To Stumble Over Immigration And Immigrants On Every Bill Washington, DC – This week, Congress considers reauthorization of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) in the Senate and passage of the President’s stimulus package (the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009) in the House.  Both bills have come under attack related to immigrants and immigration.  On health care, the effort to allow states to waive a...

Over Twelve-Hundred Pro-Immigrant Groups Sign Letter to New Administration

January 22, 2009

President Obama, Secretary Napolitano: Welcome to D.C.  Here Are Some Things We Think You Should Do… Washington, DC – Over 1,200 advocacy groups delivered a letter to the Obama Administration outlining priorities for immigration reform from the pro-immigrant, pro-immigration perspective.  The letter stressed the urgency with which the new Administration should approach immigration reform legislatively and administratively, noting that efforts to address the many ills facing our immigration...

Napolitano’s Hearing: DHS Needs to Reprioritize Resources

January 14, 2009

Washington, DC – On Thursday, January 15, Gov. Janet Napolitano of Arizona will face Senators in her confirmation hearing to be the Secretary of Homeland Security in the new Obama Administration.  The following is a statement by Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum, a non-partisan immigration advocacy organization in Washington. What we have seen since 9-11 has been enforcement for enforcement’s sake, but not smart enforcement of our immigration laws or of measures...

Immigration Reform is Doable, A Key Symbol of ‘Change,’

January 08, 2009

Washington, DC – Key leaders who will be pushing the new Administration and Congress to enact immigration reform expressed optimism that broad reforms thwarted in recent years in Congress can and will be passed this year.  Speaking on a conference call for reporters organized by the National Immigration Forum, a non-partisan pro-immigrant advocacy organization in Washington, the speakers, representing a diverse spectrum of constituencies engaged in immigration reform efforts, said comprehensive...

The Bush/Chertoff Legacy and What Lies Ahead on Immigration

December 22, 2008

Washington, DC – Thursday, Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff offered his valedictory remarks as he prepares for the private sector at the end of the Bush Administration.  The following is a statement by Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum, a non-partisan, non-profit advocacy organization in Washington, on the Bush/Chertoff legacy and what lies ahead on immigration reform. Last week, Homeland Security Secretary Chertoff claimed credit for “reversing”...

Rep. Solis’ Appointment as Labor Secretary is Further Good News for Workers and for Immigration Reform

December 18, 2008

Washington, DC – Today, the Associated Press reported that Rep. Hilda Solis (D-CA) is President-elect Obama’s pick to head the Department of Labor.  The following is a statement by Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum, a non-profit, non-partisan advocacy organization in Washington. Rep. Hilda Solis has been a key leader for immigrants, workers, and comprehensive immigration reform throughout her career and we eagerly welcome the good news that she has been selected...

Latest Regs Threaten Workers’ Rights, Ag. Employers’ Economic Viability, and Immigrants’ Privacy

December 10, 2008

Washington, DC – Today, the Bush administration is making public regulatory changes to the H2A agricultural “guest-worker” visa program which, like other recently issued regulations, impacts not only immigrant workers, but all workers and the U.S. economy.  The following is a statement by Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum, a non-profit, non-partisan advocacy organization in Washington.  Before they leave town, the Bush Administration is hurrying to put their...

National Immigration Forum Celebrates Appointment of Ms. Cecilia Muñoz to White House Staff

November 27, 2008

Washington, DC – Today President-elect Barack Obama announced the appointment of Cecilia Muñoz as Director of Intergovernmental Affairs.  The following is a statement from Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum. The National Immigration Forum congratulates Cecilia Muñoz as the new White House Director of Intergovernmental Affairs and applauds President-elect Obama on continuing to choose progressive, pragmatic leadership that reflects a new character and integrity in...

National Immigration Forum Reacts to Apparent Selection of Governor Napolitano as Secretary of DHS

November 21, 2008

Washington, DC – On November 19th, multiple news sources began reporting that President-elect Obama’s primary choice for secretary of Homeland Security is Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano. The following is a statement from Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum. The choice of Governor Janet Napolitano as Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security is a welcome signal that President-elect Obama intends to take immigration seriously during his administration.  As...


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