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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...

Ali Noorani To Lead National Immigration Forum: Massachusetts Advocate To Serve In Position Held By Frank Sharry

May 15, 2008

Washington, DC - The Board of Directors of the National Immigration Forum announced today that Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the Boston-based Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition will be the next Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum, one of the nation's preeminent pro-immigrant advocacy organizations. Noorani has served as the MIRA Coalition's Executive Director since 2003.  Under his leadership, MIRA has more than tripled its staff and programs, and...

Raids, Rights, and the Rule of Law: A Critical Need for Oversight and Reform

February 14, 2008

Washington, DC - Today, the House Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Immigration, Citizenship, Refugees, Border Security and International Law holds a "Hearing on Problems with ICE Interrogation, Detention, and Removal Procedures."  The following is a statement by Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia, Deputy Director for Legal Affairs at the National Immigration Forum, a pro-immigrant advocacy group in Washington. During the past year, thousands of immigrants have been arrested in factories, meatpacking...

Immigration Issue Not Shaping Up to be the Republican Electoral Wedge Some Predicted

January 31, 2008

Washington, DC - Yesterday, Sen. John McCain won the Florida Republican presidential primary.  The following is a statement by Douglas Rivlin, Communication Director of the National Immigration Forum, a non-partisan, pro-immigrant advocacy group in Washington. Based on exit polls provided by CNN, which included questions about immigration and ethnicity, the results of the Florida primary are further evidence that the immigration issue is not shaping up to be the wedge issue some had hoped it...

Naturalization Delays: A Critical Need For Congressional Oversight

January 18, 2008

Addressing Barriers to Citizenship for America’s Immigrants Washington, DC – Today, the House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Immigration, Citizenship, Refugees, Border Security, and Immigration Law, chaired by Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), holds a hearing on “Naturalization Delays:  Causes, Consequences and Solutions.” The following is a statement by Douglas Rivlin, Communications Director of the National Immigration Forum, a pro-immigrant advocacy group in Washington. It is Congress’ duty...

Virginia Democrats Stand Up To Demagogues and It Works

November 09, 2007

Washington, DC - In the elections this past Tuesday, immigration emerged as a prominent issue in the closely-watched Virginia state and local races.  It also showed up late in the New York elections.  Meanwhile, in the U.S. House of Representatives, freshman Congressman and former football player Heath Shuler (D-NC) introduced an enforcement-only bill (HR 4088) alongside such anti-immigrant stalwarts as Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-CO) and Brian Bilbray (R-CA).  The following is a statement by Frank...

Thwarting the DREAMS of Deserving Young People

October 24, 2007

Washington, DC - Today the U.S. Senate failed to muster the 60 votes necessary to consider the DREAM Act, a targeted measure that would provide a path to earned citizenship to talented young immigrants who attend college or serve in the military.  Fifty-two Senators voted to proceed, and three supporters of the measure (Sens. Kennedy, Dodd, and Boxer) were absent.  The following is a statement by Frank Sharry, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum, a non-partisan pro-immigrant...

Senator Dick Durbin Leads the Senate Democrats into Battle on Behalf of Immigrants

October 23, 2007

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. Three cheers for Senate Democrats.  Even though their efforts to enact comprehensive immigration reform fell short this year, they have not given up.  With Majority Leader Harry Reid’s strong support, Senator Dick Durbin will lead the charge to win passage for the DREAM Act, a targeted measure that will benefit...

Immigration Detention: A Critical Need for Congressional Oversight

October 04, 2007

Washington, DC – Today, the House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Immigration, Citizenship, Refugees, Border Security, and International Law holds a hearing on medical care for immigration detainees.  The witnesses for this hearing include advocates, patients and family members who have been a victim of or witness to the deadly consequences of poor medical treatment while in immigration jail.  The following is a statement by Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia, Deputy Director for Legal Affairs at...

Senate Leaders Table The Dream Act For Now, Pledge To Address It Before Thanksgiving

September 27, 2007

Washington, DC – Last night, Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) announced that the DREAM Act will not be debated as an amendment to the Department of Defense authorization bill this week.  The DREAM Act, legislation that would provide a legal path for certain young undocumented immigrants already in the country if they attend school or join the military, will be tabled until mid-November when the Majority Leader intends to set aside time for its debate.  Opposition from Republican Senators to...


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