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The Gap between Words and Actions When It Comes To Reforming Our Broken Immigration System

December 12, 2005

The Consensus View Among Our Nation's Leaders Is That For Immigration Reform To Work, It Has To Be Comprehensive. If So, Then Why Is The House Of Representatives Refusing To Consider A Comprehensive Bill? Washington DC - This week, the House of Representatives plans to vote on a sweeping new package of enforcement-only immigration restrictions.  The American people have made it clear they want action on illegal immigration, and they expect their leaders to find a workable solution.  So, what is...

Sensenbrenner Immigration Legislation: More Of The Same Failed Policies

December 06, 2005

Washington DC - Rep. F. James Sensenbrenner (R-WI), Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, introduced a much anticipated piece of immigration-related legislation today, which the House Judiciary Committee will mark-up on Thursday.  It combines a border security bill marked-up in the Homeland Security Committee late last month with enforcement-only immigration measures.  The following is a statement by Angela Kelley, Deputy Director of the National Immigration Forum, a pro-immigrant advocacy...

Bush Talks Immigration: The Good News And The Bad News

December 01, 2005

Washington DC - In speeches in Tucson and El Paso this week, the President renewed his call for enhanced border security combined with reforms to our immigration system.  Next week, the House of Representatives is expected to take up border security measures and enforcement-only approaches to immigration.  Meanwhile, the Senate is expected to address immigration reform in a more comprehensive manner early next year.  The following is a statement by Angela Kelley, Deputy Director of the National...

House takes up Enforcement-Only Bill while Senate Prepares to take up Enforcement-Plus Reform

November 16, 2005

Washington DC – This week begins what could be an intense season of legislative focus on the important issue of immigration reform and border security.  Three committees in the House will address immigration and border security this week; among them a mark-up on Wednesday morning of border security legislation introduced Monday in the newly formed Homeland Security Committee.  Also on Wednesday morning, the House Education and Workforce Committee holds a hearing on the impact of immigration...

Senate Prepares to Debate Comprehensive Immigration Reform

October 26, 2005

Washington, DC -- On Tuesday, October 25, 2005, Senator Chuck Hagel (R-NE) introduced a substantive and serious comprehensive immigration reform package.  On the same day, Majority Leader Frist (R-TN), accompanied by Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and John Cornyn (R-TX), announced that the Senate will take up immigration reform in February of next year.  Last week, Senator Arlen Specter (R-PA), Chairman of the Judiciary Committee, held the Committee’s second hearing this year on comprehensive...

Pew Hispanic Center Poll on Latinos and Immigration

August 17, 2005

Washington, DC – The Pew Hispanic Center ( released a poll yesterday on U.S. Latinos’ attitudes toward immigration, as well as a poll from Mexico on attitudes toward migration to the U.S.  For reasons that may have more to do with the report’s rollout than its results, much of the press coverage emphasizes the finding that many Mexicans in Mexico would like to migrate to the United States, that a majority of native-born Latinos support citizenship restrictions for driver’s...

Senate Judiciary Committee Examines Immigration Reform Proposals

July 26, 2005

Washington, DC – Today, the Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing on comprehensive immigration reform.  Among the topics discussed were competing pieces of legislation to reform our broken immigration system, including a measure, the Secure America and Orderly Immigration Act of 2005 (S. 1033/H.R. 2330), sponsored by Senators John McCain (R-AZ), Edward Kennedy (D-MA), Sam Brownback (R-KS), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Joe Lieberman (D-CT), and Ken Salazar (D-CO).  The other piece of legislation,...

Advocates Disappointed By Immigration Proposal Introduced By Senators Cornyn and Kyl

July 19, 2005

Washington, DC – Today Senators John Cornyn of Texas and Jon Kyl of Arizona introduced a long-awaited immigration reform proposal.  As drafted, the bill toughens immigration enforcement, creates a new category of temporary worker visas (good for two years, and renewable up to two times if the worker returns for one year in between renewals), and requires the 11 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S. to pay a fine and leave the country before becoming eligible for the short-term guest...

Immigrants Pledge Themselves to America This Independence Day; Will America Pledge Herself to Them?

July 01, 2005

Washington, DC – The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) announced this week that some 15,000 immigrants would take the oath to become U.S. citizens during our nation’s celebration of Independence Day.  Beginning today through July 7, 41 naturalization ceremonies will be held in 22 states, plus Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia.  Frank Sharry, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum, a pro-immigrant advocacy organization based in Washington, DC, responded with...

House Hearing Examines Post 9-11 Excesses, Legislation to Restore Civil Liberties Protections

June 29, 2005

Washington, DC – On Thursday, June 30, the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration, Border Security, and Claims is scheduled to hold a hearing on “Immigration Removal Procedures Implemented in the Aftermath of the September 11th Attacks.” Among the topics expected to be discussed are the range of post 9-11 executive branch policies targeting immigrants, including secret immigration hearings, detentions without charge or timely notification of charges, and blanket detentions without bond....

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