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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...

Comprehensive Immigration Reform Gains Momentum

March 31, 2006

Washington, DC – The full Senate began to debate immigration reform this past week.  The bill that will be debated and amended is the Senate Judiciary Committee bill that was approved by 12-6 bipartisan majority this past Monday.  If passed, the bill would have to be reconciled with an enforcement-only measure passed by the House last December and would then need to be signed by the President to become law.  The following is a statement by Frank Sharry, Executive Director of the National...

A Big Day for Immigrants, A Bigger Day for America

March 28, 2006

Senate Committee Passes Bill That Balances Tough Enforcement With Legal Channels Washington, DC – Yesterday, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted for final passage of a bill that will most likely be taken up by the full Senate later this week.  A brief summary is at the end of this statement.  The full Senate will debate this bill over the next week or two and then a bill, if passed, would have to be reconciled with an enforcement-only measure passed by the House last December, before it is...

Turning Point Reached on Immigration Reform

March 17, 2006

Senate Judiciary Committee Moves Toward Approval of Comprehensive Immigration Reform In Preparation for Upcoming Floor Debate Washington, DC – Today, the Senate Judiciary Committee took a dramatic step forward towards a comprehensive approach to immigration reform.  Having spent most of two weeks dealing almost exclusively with enforcement issues, and faced with an arbitrary deadline imposed by Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN), today the Committee decided to take more time to complete...

Is The Fix In Or Will The Senate Really Address Immigration Reform On Thursday?

March 16, 2006

Majority Leader and Judiciary Chair Must Allow An Up Or Down Vote On The Fate Of The 12 Million Undocumented Washington, DC – The Senate Judiciary Committee is slated to continue marking up comprehensive immigration reform tomorrow, having made precious little progress today. Unless something changes, the Committee must complete tomorrow in order to meet the deadline set by Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN)). The question is whether they will have time to vote on the most important...

Historic Vote on Immigration Scheduled For Thursday

March 15, 2006

Senate Judiciary Committee Expected to Address Undocumented Immigrants as Part of Comprehensive Reform Washington, DC – The Senate Judiciary Committee is slated to continue marking up comprehensive immigration reform legislation this week.  Chairman Arlen Specter (R-PA) seems intent on completing work on the bill by Thursday (in order to meet a deadline imposed by Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN)). The highlight of the week is expected on Thursday when the Committee takes up the...

Specter Draft Immigration Bill: Right On Architecture, Wrong On Key Provisions

March 02, 2006

Washington, DC - Late last week, Senate Judiciary Chairman Arlen Specter (R-PA) introduced a "Chairman's Mark," a draft comprehensive immigration reform bill that will serve as the basis for Judiciary Committee consideration beginning on Thursday, March 2.  The Chairman's Mark borrows elements from other Senate immigration reform bills, including McCain/Kennedy, Cornyn/Kyl, and the Hagel immigration bills, but also borrows from House-passed enforcement-only legislation and adds newly unveiled...

State of the Union Immigration Preview: New Poll Indicates You Can Be Specific, Mr. President

January 31, 2006

Washington, DC – While we don’t know what the President will say in his State of the Union address, he is likely to return to the theme of immigration reform, if only for a few vague sentences.  The question is, will Bush break new ground and make clear where he stands?  A new poll indicates he has more room to articulate his policy priorities than he may think. Immigration reform is a complex, multifaceted issue.  At the center of the debate on effective reform is the challenge on what to do...


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