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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...

Now More Than Ever!

April 25, 2007

The American People Want Comprehensive Immigration Reform Washington, DC – Interest in passing comprehensive immigration reform among all voters has increased since last year, and voters are poised to reward lawmakers who support such reforms.  These are among the findings of a new nationwide poll conducted by Democratic polling firm Lake Research Partners and Republican polling firm The Tarrance Group on behalf of the National Immigration Forum and the Manhattan Institute, released today in...

STRIVE Act Is the Solution

April 17, 2007

Washington, DC – The STRIVE Act was recently introduced in the Houses of Representatives by Reps. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) and Jeff Flake (R-AZ).  The following is a statement from Frank Sharry, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum, a pro-immigrant advocacy organization in Washington. The National Immigration Forum is pleased to announce its endorsement of the STRIVE Act.  We have carefully studied the proposal and believe it offers an excellent road map to a comprehensive fix of...

President Bush In Arizona To Promote Comprehensive Immigration Reform

April 06, 2007

Washington, DC – On Monday, President Bush will visit Yuma, Arizona to gauge progress on border security initiatives, to promote comprehensive immigration reform, and to meet with Gov. Janet Napolitano and other Arizona lawmakers.  The following is a statement by Frank Sharry, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum, a pro-immigrant advocacy organization in Washington. Last year, President Bush went to Yuma, Arizona, stood with Governor Napolitano of Arizona, and called on Congress...

Comprehensive Immigration Reform: An Idea Whose Time Has Come

March 22, 2007

Washington, DC - Today, Representative Jeff Flake (R-AZ) and Representative Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) introduced the STRIVE Act (Security Through Regularized Immigration and a Vibrant Economy) of 2007, a bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform bill.  The following is a statement by Frank Sharry, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum, a pro-immigrant advocacy organization in Washington. Thanks to the leadership and courage of Representatives Flake and Gutierrez, comprehensive...

Citizenship Promotion Act of 2007: An Important Step Towards Addressing Barriers to Citizenship

March 07, 2007

Washington, DC – Today, the Citizenship Promotion Act of 2007 was introduced in both Houses of Congress.  The bill, if enacted, would reexamine the recently-announced fee increases for citizenship processing at USCIS and reexamine the process by which fees are charged for immigration-related processing.  The following is a statement from Frank Sharry, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum, a pro-immigrant advocacy organization in Washington. We applaud the Senators and...


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