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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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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...

Report to Deport: Another Distraction from Fixing Our Broken Immigration System

July 30, 2008

Washington, DC – According to news reports, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Assistant Secretary Julie Myers told a national TV audience that the Bush Administration would soon announce a “self-deportation” policy.  Speaking through a translator on Univision network’s Sunday public affairs program “Al Punto,” Myers indicated ICE would ask people to get their personal affairs in this country in order and voluntarily come forward for deportation.  The following is a statement by Ali...

Department of Homeland Security or Department of Economic Ruin?

July 25, 2008

Washington, DC - On Thursday, July 24, 2008 at 11 a.m., the House Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Immigration, Citizenship, Refugees, Border Security, and International Law will hold a hearing on "Immigration Raids: Postville and Beyond."  The following is a statement by Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum, a non-partisan, pro-immigrant advocacy group in Washington. Two months after the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) conducted the largest immigration...

The Presidential Candidates and Immigration: A Good Start, but More Work—and Leadership—Needed

July 15, 2008

Washington, DC - As the two presumptive party nominees for President wrap up a period of high-profile outreach to Latino voters, the National Immigration Forum urges both campaigns to look beyond Latino voters to the broader, diverse universe of immigrants and immigrant voters.  The following is a statement by Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum, a non-partisan, pro-immigrant advocacy organization. At the gatherings of LULAC1, NALEO2, and NCLR3, Sen. Barack Obama...

Dying on the Road to Deportation

June 05, 2008

Washington, DC - On Wednesday, June 4, 2008 at 2:00 p.m., the House Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Immigration, Citizenship, Refugees, Border Security, and International Law will hold a hearing on "Problems with Immigration Detainee Medical Care." The following is a statement by Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum, a non-partisan, pro-immigrant advocacy group in Washington. On June 27, 2006, Yusif Osman, an immigrant from Ghana, West Africa, died while in...

House Hearing on Immigration Raids Comes at a Critical Moment

May 21, 2008

Washington, DC – On Tuesday, May 20, 2008, the Workforce Protections Subcommittee of the House Education and Labor Committee will hold a hearing on immigration and workplace raids, chaired by Rep. Lynn Woolsey (D-CA). 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. This hearing could not come at a more critical moment in the national immigration debate.  The front pages of...

House Hearings to Shed Light on Flawed Immigration Proposals

May 19, 2008

Washington, DC - Today, the Social Security subcommittee of the House Ways & Means Committee will hold a hearing on Employment Eligibility Verification Systems and the Potential Impacts on SSA's Ability to Serve Retirees, People with Disabilities, and Workers.  This is first in a series of House hearings related to mandatory Electronic Employment Verification Systems.   The following is a statement by Douglas Rivlin, Director of Communication and spokesman for the National Immigration Forum, a...

Across America, Immigration Raids Greet Pope Benedict XVI

May 17, 2008

Washington, DC – 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. At the same moment that Pope Benedict XVI was admonishing President Bush that the U.S. must treat immigrants with dignity and humanity, the Bush Administration was rounding up immigrant workers in raids in at least five states across the country.  What a black eye for the President and for the United...


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