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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.

Press Releases

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...

White House Capitulates To Ineffective Anti-Immigrant Agenda

April 26, 2005

Washington, DC – Today the Bush Administration embraced the REAL ID Act, controversial anti-immigrant legislation initially passed in the House of Representatives and now being considered as part of the supplemental appropriations package to fund troops in Iraq and Afghanistan and to fund tsunami relief efforts in Asia.  In a letter to House and Senate conferees, the White House Office of Management and Budget said, “The Administration strongly urges the conferees to include the Real ID Act of...

New Poll Shows Common Ground for Common Sense Approach to Comprehensive Immigration Reform

April 07, 2005

Washington, DC – A new poll was released here today that indicates strong support for bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform legislation to fix our broken immigration system.  The poll, of 800 American “likely voters,” was conducted March 20-22 by Celinda Lake (of Democratic polling firm Lake Snell Perry Mermin & Associates) and Ed Goeas (of Republican polling firm The Tarrance Group). It was commissioned by the American Immigration Lawyers Association and the National Immigration Forum. ...

The Minuteman Project: The Wrong Prescription for What Ails Us

April 01, 2005

Washington, D.C. – Starting this weekend in Tombstone, Arizona, volunteers calling themselves the Minuteman Project are gathering for a month-long demonstration at the U.S. border with Mexico.  The following is a statement by Angela Kelley, Deputy Director of the National Immigration Forum, a pro-immigrant advocacy organization in Washington. Most of these militia members are as frustrated as we are with our broken immigration system.  They are simply pursuing the wrong set of remedies to the...

Comprehensive Immigration Reform Still On Track As North American Leaders Meet

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...

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