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Fences Won’t Fix The Problem: Piecemeal Reform Will Yield Piecemeal Results

September 14, 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. Today, the House is expected to debate and pass a bill to construct 700 miles of border fence.  The bill was technically introduced yesterday, but it is a bill that has already passed this Congress as part of the controversial House immigration bill (H.R. 4437), which also would make felons out of all undocumented...

Failure to Act; Failure to Lead: House Leaders Fumble Immigration Debate

September 12, 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. With today’s immigration “forum” among House GOP leaders, it is clear that workable border security and immigration reform will have to wait until next year.  The GOP in the House has been hijacked by enforcement-only hardliners, who neither make up a majority of the American people, nor even a majority of the Republican...

What Now for the Nation’s Immigration Debate?

July 28, 2006

The following backgrounder was written by Frank Sharry, the Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum. MEMO TO CONGRESS: THE PUBLIC WANTS THEIR LEADERS TO, UM, LEADImmigration is now a top-tier public policy priority for American voters.  Americans want action, and they want action this year.  And they have made it clear through numerous polls that the kind of action they want combines increased border security, tougher penalties on employers who hire those here illegally, more...

House “Faux” Hearings Reveal Restrictionists Have “No Game”

July 20, 2006

"We could also electrify this wire with the kind of current that would not kill somebody, but it would be a discouragement for them to be fooling around with it. We do that with livestock all the time." -- Rep. Steve King (R-IA), quoted by The Hill, equating the containment of immigrants to that of livestock (7/13/06) Washington, DC – Today, the House of Representatives continues its series of post-passage immigration hearings with a panel in the Education and Workforce Committee.  This follows...

House Hearings Reinforce False Choice Facing Country On Border Security

July 07, 2006

Washington, DC – On Wednesday, and continuing today the House of Representatives began a series of field hearings ostensibly to examine issues related to immigration reform.  The following is a statement by Angela Kelley, Deputy Director of the National Immigration Forum, a pro-immigrant advocacy organization. Members of the House of Representatives seeking delay of immigration reform are framing the debate as a choice between border security or comprehensive immigration reform.  The point they...

House Leaders Bow to Immigration Hardliners, Delaying Reform

June 23, 2006

Washington, DC - Earlier this week, House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-IL) and other key House GOP leaders announced they would hold a series of public hearings across the country to examine Senate-passed immigration and border security legislation. The following is a statement by Angela Kelley, Deputy Director of the National Immigration Forum, a pro-immigrant advocacy organization based in Washington, DC. The announcement of an immigration hearing road-show is not encouraging.  House hardliners...

Senate Immigration Bill Passes

May 25, 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. Today, the U.S. Senate achieved a historic bipartisan breakthrough in the Senate in favor of comprehensive immigration reform.  In stark contrast to the unworkable and punitive House bill enacted last December, the Senate bill has the right architecture and the right elements for comprehensive immigration reform. ...

Let The Senate Immigration Debate Begin

May 12, 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. On Thursday morning Senator Harry Reid and Senator Bill Frist walked onto the Senate floor and announced that the Senate will debate immigration reform beginning next week.  In brokering a set of process agreements, both leaders overcame partisan pressures in an election year and resistance from within the ranks of...

The Nation Wants Leadership, Not a Food Fight

April 14, 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. In recent weeks it is as if the nation has risen up, from different quarters and in different ways, to press our leaders to fix our nation’s dysfunctional immigration system once and for all. ·         Last week a group of courageous leaders in the U.S. Senate hammered out a compromise on comprehensive immigration...

Listening To the Voices Of Immigrants In The Immigration Debate

April 03, 2006

Two Recent Surveys Of Newcomers: Undocumented Immigrants And Legal Immigrants On Record In Support Of Comprehensive Immigration Reform Washington, DC – Sergio Bendixen of Bendixen and Associates in Miami, Florida is considered the nation’s preeminent pollster of ethnic and immigrant communities.  Recently, he has completed two unprecedented research projects in immigrant communities regarding immigration reform.  In the first survey, which was sponsored by the Manhattan Institute and the...


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