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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

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...

National Immigration Forum Congratulates Nydia Velazquez On Her Appointment as Chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus

November 20, 2008

Washington, DC – On November 19, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus elected Nydia Velázquez (D-NY) to lead the Caucus. Following is a statement from Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum, congratulating Ms. Velázquez on being chosen by her peers in the Caucus. The National Immigration Forum congratulates Representative Nydia Velázquez, who will lead the Congressional Hispanic Caucus in the 111th Congress.  As Chair of the Caucus, she will lead the Caucus in its effort...

National and Border Community Leaders Provide Congress with Roadmap to Improve Border Security and Address Community Needs

November 20, 2008

Groundbreaking collaboration of law enforcement, elected officials, faith leaders, and immigration advocates issue recommendations for keeping their communities safe Washington, D.C. – The National Immigration Forum along with local partners Border Action Network of Arizona and Border Network for Human Rights of El Paso, TX / Southern New Mexico sponsored a delegation of leaders from Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas visiting Capitol Hill this week to announce a comprehensive set of...


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