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Statement on Jeh Johnson’s Nomination As Secretary of Homeland Security

October 18, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Earlier this afternoon, President Obama formally announced Jeh Johnson’s nomination as the next Secretary of Homeland Security. After the announcement, Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum, made the following statement: “Jeh Johnson is primed to take over one of the most challenging jobs in Washington. “Should he be confirmed, he’ll immediately be thrust into a position of enforcing a broken immigration system until immigration reform...

President Obama Not Alone In Making Immigration Top Priority

October 16, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Tuesday night, during an interview with Univisión, President Obama said that immigration reform legislation would be the top priority as soon as the fiscal crisis draws to a close. Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum, made the following statement regarding President Obama’s commitment and the urgency for reform: “President Obama is not alone in making immigration reform a top priority. Across the country, local and regional conservative...

California’s Trust Act Highlights Urgency for Federal Action

October 08, 2013

WASHINGTON, DC – On Saturday, California Governor Jerry Brown signed the Trust Act, a law that will ensure that only those unauthorized immigrants with serious criminal histories are turned over by California law enforcement for detention and not those who pose no threat to their communities. Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum, made the following statement regarding the new California law. “In the absence of broad immigration reform, states like California...

Democrats Unveil Immigration Reform Proposal

October 02, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Earlier this afternoon, Representatives Joe Garcia (FL-26), Judy Chu (CA-27), Steven Horsford (NV-4), Jared Polis (CO-2) and Suzan DelBene (WA-1) unveiled an immigration reform bill. Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum, made the following statement on what the Democratic proposal means for immigration reform moving forward: “Clearly, both Democrats and Republicans are hearing the call for broad immigration reform. This call is coming from...

Momentum Grows As October Rolls Around

September 26, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Over the last few weeks, prominent House Republicans and Democrats such as Chairman Bob Goodlatte (VA-06) and Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (CA-12) have begun to lay the foundations for an immigration reform debate this fall. With Congress taking these first steps, Ali Noorani, Executive Director at the National Immigration Forum, made the following statement. “Republicans and Democrats in the House of Representatives are laying the groundwork for immigration reform in...

Goodlatte Pledges Action on Immigration Reform as Gang of 7 Fades

September 20, 2013

WASHINGTON — On Thursday, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (VA-06) said his party is committed to immigration reform. This positive statement from a House Republican leader stands in contrast to the news that the bipartisan House Gang of 7 — which never introduced legislation and had long been dormant — lost two Republican members earlier today. Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum, made the following statement regarding the news: “The...

ICYMI: Businesses Leading the Charge

September 20, 2013

ICYMI: As Businesses Help Employees Become Citizens, Leaders Nationwide Insist House Act on Immigration Reform WASHINGTON, D.C. — Continuing the refrain from a successful August recess, business leaders nationwide are sending resounding messages on the importance of citizenship and support for urgent action on immigration reform. As a part of the New Americans Campaign’s celebration of Citizenship Day on Tuesday, businesses, aspiring Americans and immigration advocates gathered in...

Businesses, Immigrants and Advocates Shine Light on Economic Benefits of Citizenship

September 17, 2013

The New Americans Campaign Highlights Links between Citizenship and Prosperity 40 Events Nationwide Are Helping Aspiring Americans Take the Final Step Toward Citizenship WASHINGTON, D.C. — As part of their nationwide celebration of Citizenship Day, business executives, aspiring Americans and immigration advocates – all partners of the New Americans Campaign – gathered this morning at the Hyatt Regency Washington to highlight the link between citizenship and prosperity. Using data from a...

Immigration Detention’s Unnecessary Cost

August 22, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. — With billions of dollars and hundreds of thousands of lives in the balance, fixing our nation's broken immigrant detention system is a necessary and urgent — though often overlooked — component of commonsense immigration reform. To further highlight the immigration detention’s high cost to taxpayers, the National Immigration Forum has updated its policy paper "The Math of Immigration Detention" and will hold a #MathOfDetention Twitter Town Hall today to answer...

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program turns one

August 15, 2013

Washington, D.C. -- One year ago today, on Aug. 15, 2012, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services began accepting applications for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Two months earlier, the Obama administration had announced the new program. In the year since DACA has been in place, more than 400,000 young undocumented immigrants who meet the program’s requirements have been granted a two-year reprieve from the threat of deportation — and the opportunity to work...

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