National Immigration Forum press releases and statements are issued to provide perspective on key policies, legislative actions, reports, and events. View our latest releases below. For prior year releases, use the navigation buttons at the bottom of this page.
March 23, 2005
Washington, D.C. – Today in Waco Texas, President Bush met with Mexican President Vicente Fox and Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin. While their joint news conference focused on a range of issues from trade to security to energy, they were asked by reporters to discuss immigration issues and the progress being made towards immigration reform in the United States. The following is a statement by Angela Kelley, Deputy Director of the National Immigration Forum, a pro-immigrant advocacy...
March 01, 2005
Washington, D.C. – March 1 marks the second anniversary of the Department of Homeland Security. The Department took over a wide range of immigration issues formerly managed (or mismanaged) by the now extinct INS. Last month, Michael Chertoff, a former judge for the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, was sworn in as the Department’s second Secretary. Secretary Chertoff’s new leadership presents a golden opportunity to improve the way the United States manages immigration and border security. The...
February 10, 2005
Washington, DC – Bipartisan, bicameral legislation was reintroduced in Washington by Senators Larry Craig (R-ID) and Edward Kennedy (D-MA) and Representatives Howard Berman (D-CA) and Chris Cannon (R-UT) today that will help address the lack of legal immigration status pervasive in the agricultural sector of the economy. “It is in stark contrast to the highly polarized debate taking place in the House of Representatives over immigration this week,” said Angela Kelley, Deputy Director of the...
February 10, 2005
Washington, D.C. – Today, as expected, the House of Representatives passed legislation, H.R 418, introduced by House Judiciary Committee Chairman James Sensenbrenner (R-WI). As amended, the bill will restrict asylum claims and the ability of immigrants to negotiate all immigration courts. It gives unprecedented powers to the Secretary of Homeland Security when it comes to border fence construction, and constricts the rights of states to determine who can and cannot receive driver’s licenses...
January 26, 2005
Washington, D.C. – Today, as expected, House Judiciary Committee Chairman James Sensenbrenner (R-WI) introduced controversial measures stripped from the intelligence reform act that passed last year. True to his word, Rep. Sensenbrenner reintroduced measures to gut refugee protections, overthrow environmental laws, and overturn state’s rights, while doing nothing to advance the cause of fixing our broken immigration system in such a way as to gain control of our borders and restore public...