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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 (www.pewhispanic.org) 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....

On Comprehensive Immigration Reform, “I Take the President at His Word,” Advocate Says

June 09, 2005

Washington, DC – Several news agencies reported today that the White House intends to promote its immigration reform proposals in a new and ramped up way.  After meeting with the President, House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-TX) indicated to several reporters that the President, in a break from his stated principles of reform, intends to push for enhanced border security first, before pushing for a fix to America’s broken legal immigration system.  Angela Kelley, Deputy Director of the National...

Comprehensive Immigration Reform Hearing Moves The Debate Forward

May 26, 2005

Washington, DC – The Senate Committee on the Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration, Border Security and Citizenship held a hearing today on “The Need for Comprehensive Immigration Reform: Serving our National Economy.”  Shortly before the hearing, the Chairman of that subcommittee, Sen. John Cornyn of Texas, unveiled the enforcement-only sections of immigration legislation he is developing with Sen. Jon Kyl of Arizona.  Coming on the heels of the introduction of bipartisan comprehensive...

Bipartisan Comprehensive Legislation Introduced

May 12, 2005

Washington, DC – Today, bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform legislation was introduced in both the House and Senate to fix our broken immigration system. The legislation was authored by Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Edward M. Kennedy (D-MA) and Representatives Jeff Flake (R-AZ), Luis Gutierrez (D-IL), and Jim Kolbe (R-AZ). Reacting to the bill’s introduction, Frank Sharry, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum, said, “This carefully crafted legislation is an important...

Fate of Anti-Immigrant Legislation Appears to be Sealed

May 04, 2005

Washington, DC – According to news reports, the House/Senate conference committee meeting to reconcile supplemental appropriations legislation has come to agreement on the immigration-related provisions contained in the House version of the bill.  Some of the most egregious new barriers to refugees seeking asylum in the United States were slightly watered down, but the bulk of the new restrictions on immigrants and immigration were apparently retained and will become law, once the House and...


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