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On Immigration, Senate Has Opportunity to Get It done And Get It Done Right

February 28, 2007

Washington, DC – Today, the Senate Judiciary Committee is holding a hearing on comprehensive immigration reform with two Bush Administration Cabinet Secretaries.  This signals the first step in the expected debate over immigration reform, an important piece of unfinished business leftover from the last Congress.  The following is a statement from Angela Kelley, Deputy Director of the National Immigration Forum, a pro-immigrant advocacy organization in Washington. The clock is ticking on...

USCIS Fee Increase: Pay More, Get Less

January 31, 2007

Washington, DC – In response to the announcement today of substantial fee increases for immigration-related services by the Department of Homeland Security's Bureau of US Citizenship and Immigration Services, Christina DeConcini, Policy Director of the National Immigration Forum, a pro-immigrant advocacy organization in Washington, DC, issued this statement. We are alarmed by the skyrocketing fees which will prevent deserving immigrants from taking the necessary steps to become citizens. With...

President Bush Makes Comprehensive Immigration Reform A Top Domestic Policy Priority

January 23, 2007

Washington, DC – The following statement was issued by Frank Sharry, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum, a pro-immigrant advocacy organization in Washington, DC. Tonight President Bush announced that comprehensive immigration reform will be one of his top four domestic policy priorities for this Congress.  In doing so, the President has gotten the importance of the issue exactly right: the American people hunger for bipartisan leadership that delivers tough, fair, and...

Immigration and the 110th Congress So Far: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

January 22, 2007

Washington, DC – The following is a statement by Frank Sharry, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum, a pro-immigrant advocacy organization in Washington, DC. The momentum is building.  A growing number of the nation's political leaders are moving courageously in the right direction.  They are responding to a frustrated public with pragmatic solutions instead of simplistic sound bites.  They get that now is the time to step up and solve the problem of illegal immigration with a...

Broad Policy Changes Needed in Light of Report on Treatment of Immigrants

January 17, 2007

Washington, DC – The recently released report by the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG) regarding the treatment of immigration detainees should spark needed policy changes.  The report focuses on detention standards regarding health care, environmental health and safety, general conditions of confinement, and reporting of abuses.  As part of this detention audit, the Inspector General met with DHS officials, detainees, and Non-Governmental Organizations and...

Raids, Roundups, Rate Increases, and Anti-Immigrant Rhetoric…What A Way To Celebrate The Holidays

December 22, 2006

Washington, DC - The following is a statement from Frank Sharry, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum, a non-partisan pro-immigrant advocacy group in Washington, DC. A year that once held so much promise for improving America's immigration system is closing on several down notes.  While there is great hope for accomplishing a major overhaul of our legal immigration system next year, 2006 is ending with raids, roundups, rate increases, and renewed anti-immigrant hostility. The...

The Surprise Winner in This Year’s Election is…Comprehensive Immigration Reform

November 09, 2006

Washington, DC – The following is a statement from Frank Sharry, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum, a non-partisan pro-immigrant advocacy group in Washington, DC. What a difference an election makes.  After all the pre-election prognostication and campaign mudslinging, the pundits and operatives are forced to step back, quiet down, and listen closely to the voters.  Spin yields to facts as election results, exit polling, and seat counts offer up statistical evidence of...

As the President Signs the Fence Bill, We Don’t Know Whether to Laugh or to Cry…

October 26, 2006

Washington, DC – The following is a statement by Frank Sharry, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum, a pro-immigrant advocacy organization based in Washington, DC. We don’t know whether to laugh or to cry.  On the one hand, signing this bill is a sorry ending to two years of often serious deliberations.  For a time this past spring it seemed as if the President, the Senate, and the American people were moving inexorably towards overhauling our dysfunctional immigration system...

Our Congress Debated Immigration Reform for Two Years, and All We Got Was This Lousy Fence Bill?

October 04, 2006

Washington, DC – The following is a statement by Frank Sharry, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum, a non-profit, non-partisan pro-immigration advocacy group. How did we get from there to here? The past two years has witnessed an extraordinary set of developments in the U.S. immigration policy debate.  It’s worth recalling some of the high and low lights. Following his re-election, President George W. Bush makes comprehensive immigration reform a top priority for his second...

Immigration Debate Today: House Plays Predictable Politics, While Senate Signals Sensibility

September 21, 2006

Washington, DC – The following is a statement by Angela Kelley, Deputy Director of the National Immigration Forum, a non-profit, non-partisan pro-immigration advocacy group. In stark contrast to today’s actions by the House of Representatives, Senate leaders in both parties have indicated their intention to reject efforts to attach piecemeal enforcement measures on the pending Homeland Security appropriations bill. From Republican Senators Thad Cochran (MS), Arlen Specter (PA), and Larry Craig...


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