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Diverse Leaders Call for Comprehensive Immigration Reform

January 19, 2006

Washington DC - Today, leaders from the business community, labor unions, and the Catholic Church are uniting to express their support for comprehensive immigration reform as the legislative agenda on this issue turns to the U.S. Senate.  The following is a statement by Angela Kelley, Deputy Director of the National Immigration Forum, a pro-immigrant advocacy organization in Washington. This remarkable assembly of leaders should be applauded for standing together for workable, comprehensive...

At Year’s End, Where Are We On Comprehensive Immigration Reform?

December 23, 2005

Washington DC - As 2005 winds down and Congress wraps up for the holidays, advocates for comprehensive immigration reform are looking to next year and to the U.S. Senate.  According to Senate leadership, we can expect a debate early next year on measures that address immigration reform in ways that go beyond the enforcement-only approach embodied in legislation recently passed by the House of Representatives. The following is a statement by Angela Kelley, Deputy Director of the National...

Advocates for Immigration Reform Decry House Legislation

December 17, 2005

Washington DC – The House of Representatives last night passed H.R. 4437, a sweeping package of punitive immigration restrictions sponsored by Reps. F. James Sensenbrenner (R-WI) and Peter King (R-NY).  The following statement, by Angela Kelley, Deputy Director of the National Immigration Forum, was prepared before final passage of the bill.  A more detailed reaction to the legislation will be prepared next week.  The House legislation is simultaneously underwhelming and overreaching. It is...

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,...

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