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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...

It’s Do or Die on Immigration Reform

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. We believe the choice is clear:  A status quo destined to get worse or a comprehensive bill destined to get better; action and courage on a difficult policy issue, or paralysis and finger-pointing; national policy that combines tough enforcement at the border and at the workplace with legalization of immigrants and immigration, or...

Senate Immigration Reform Process Back on Track

June 26, 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. By a 64-35 vote, the Senate took the first step towards reconsideration of the Senate immigration bill.  We salute those who voted to bring this issue back to the Senate floor.  We thank the Majority Leader Harry Reid and the Minority Leader Mitch McConnell for having the guts to tackle this complex and controversial challenge. ...

Will Enough Senators Step Up and Show Leadership on Immigration Reform, or Will the Champions of the Status Quo Prevail?

June 25, 2007

Washington, DC - The following is a statement by Frank Sharry, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum. This will be a decisive week.  To a large extent, decisions made by the U.S. Senate will determine whether this Congress has the courage and determination to tackle immigration reform.  To proceed to the debate and bring it to a conclusion, 60 votes on successive cloture motions will be needed.  To then be approved, the Senate bill will require a majority vote in favor of final...

Immigration Reform Lives!

June 15, 2007

Washington, DC – Last night, an agreement was announced that could pave the way for reconsidering the bipartisan Senate immigration bill on the Senate floor before the July 4 recess.  The following is a statement by Frank Sharry, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum, a pro-immigrant advocacy organization in Washington. Following last Thursday’s failed cloture vote on the Senate immigration bill, many declared immigration reform legislation in this Congress dead.  Fortunately, a...

Disappointing Vote Deals Blow to Desperately Needed Reform

June 07, 2007

Washington, DC – Today, a procedural vote in the Senate that would have limited further debate to 30 hours for the compromise Senate immigration legislation was defeated.  The following is a statement by Frank Sharry, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum, a pro-immigrant advocacy organization in Washington. Tonight’s vote was a huge disappointment to immigrant communities and those seeking a solution to the dysfunctional immigration system in America. We hope the Senate Leaders...

Senate Deal Launches Immigration Reform Process Towards Getting a Bill Enacted This Year

May 17, 2007

Washington, DC - Today, a compromise immigration reform bill worked out over many weeks by Republican and Democratic Senators and Bush Administration officials was released at a press conference in Washington.  The following is a statement by Frank Sharry, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum, a pro-immigrant advocacy organization in Washington. We are pleased that the process is moving forward.   The clock is ticking on whether we are going to get a bill signed by the President...


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