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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...

House STRIVEs to Revive Immigration Reform Debate

September 06, 2007

Washington, DC – Today, the House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Immigration, Citizenship, Refugees, Border Security, and International Law holds a hearing on the STRIVE Act, bipartisan immigration reform legislation introduced earlier this year by Rep. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) and Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL).  The following is a statement by Angela Kelley, Deputy Director of the National Immigration Forum, a pro-immigrant advocacy organization in Washington.  When the bitter Senate immigration...

This Shot At Immigrants Will Hit Us All In The Foot

August 10, 2007

Washington, DC – Earlier this year, an effort by Congress to fix our broken immigration system was thwarted when a Republican-led filibuster killed a bi-partisan comprehensive immigration reform proposal in the Senate.  This may have been the best chance in years to fix our dysfunctional immigration system but, in the end, just 12 Republicans voted to allow the Senate to continue considering this issue, with the majority of Republicans and a minority of Democrats choosing to kill it.  By its...

Comprehensive Immigration Reform: Stopped for Now, But not Forever

June 28, 2007

Washington, DC – The following is a statement by Frank Sharry, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum, a pro-immigrant advocacy group in Washington. There is no way to sugar coat it.  Immigrant workers and families hungering for legalization, Americans wanting their leaders to solve problems on a bipartisan basis, and advocates like us who believe America is best served by a comprehensive approach to our dysfunctional immigration system suffered a significant setback today. What...


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