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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

Business, Law Enforcement, Faith Leaders Urge Congress to Act on Immigration Reform

April 04, 2013

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — With both the Senate and House gearing up to introduce immigration reform legislation as soon as next week, faith, law enforcement and business leaders spoke today about the strength and support for reform that their constituencies are building locally across the country. Events during the two-week congressional recess should give lawmakers confidence as they return to Washington that their constituents support broad, commonsense reform. In a press call, leaders emphasized...

Senators Visit A More Secure Border

March 27, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, Sens. John McCain (R-Arizona), Jeff Flake (R-Arizona), Charles Schumer (D-New York) and Michael Bennet (D-Colorado) will be visiting the Arizona border with Mexico to view security conditions as they continue to work on a broad immigration reform bill. The U.S. has met or surpassed most border security benchmarks the Senate developed during immigration reform debates in 2007, and the senators will find a border with increased Border Patrol staffing, better...

ICYMI: Majority of Republicans, Evangelicals Support Earned Citizenship

March 21, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. — In a new, large survey released today by the Brookings Institute and the Public Religion Research Institute, 63 percent of Americans — including 56 percent of white evangelicals and 53 percent of Republicans — support a roadmap to earned citizenship as part of immigration reform. The findings increase the pressure on bipartisan leaders in Congress to include steps to earned citizenship as part of reform. The survey suggests that support for earned citizenship among...

Evangelical, Other Faith Leaders Press for Immigration Reform in Meeting with President

March 08, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Members of the Evangelical Immigration Table and other faith luminaries met with President Obama today to discuss the need for commonsense immigration reform and the building momentum for it in Congress. The meeting took place as evangelical leaders and pastors encourage their flocks to reflect on the Bible’s words regarding how we treat our immigrant neighbors and mobilize in support of a better immigration process. Evangelical leaders continue to support broad,...

Immigration Reform Must Include Roadmap to Citizenship

March 05, 2013

Washington, D.C — In a newly published book, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and co-author Clint Bolick suggest that immigration reform need not include a pathway to citizenship. The following is a statement from Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum: “A path to citizenship will be a key part of immigration reform that Congress is working on this year. The bipartisan ‘Gang of Eight’ in the Senate have included citizenship in their principles, and their...

President Obama Meets with Sens. McCain and Graham on Immigration Reform Legislation

February 26, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Republican senators John McCain (Arizona) and Lindsey Graham (South Carolina) will meet with President Obama today to discuss immigration reform legislation. Both senators are part of the bipartisan “Gang of Eight” group that in January released a framework for immigration reform. This is President Obama’s most direct involvement in the Senate negotiations to date. Business, faith and law enforcement voices across the country continue to express support for...

ICYMI: Texas Immigration Summit, Compact Highlight Breadth of Support for Immigration Reform

February 22, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. — As bipartisan momentum for immigration reform builds in Congress, leaders across the country and the political spectrum are appealing for broad, commonsense reform this year. A shining example is Texas, whose representatives in Congress are no longer witnessing only silence on immigration reform from their constituents. Since last week, bipartisan voices in Texas have emerged in force, seeking broad, commonsense immigration reform on the federal level. Moderate and...

Chamber of Commerce, AFL-CIO Announce Shared Principles for Immigration Reform

February 21, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the AFL-CIO released a statement of principles on immigration reform. The following quote can be attributed to Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum: "Today's announcement by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and AFL-CIO confirms that we are on track to pass bipartisan immigration legislation this year. All of the pieces of the immigration reform puzzle are falling into place — on and off Capitol Hill. When...

White House Immigration Proposal Shows Urgency for Prompt Legislative Action

February 19, 2013

Congress Must Put Pen to Paper on Broad and Bipartisan Reform WASHINGTON, D.C. — On Saturday night, USA Today published a leaked draft of the White House’s immigration reform proposal. The draft bill features a direct path to legal permanent residency within eight years for undocumented immigrants if they meet certain requirements. It expands security funding and requires employers to check the legal status of their workers. The White House has stated that the leaked legislation was not...

Leaders Announce “Texas Compact” as Immigration Reform Gains Momentum

February 19, 2013

**To listen to a recording of today’s call, visit** TEXAS — This morning, Texas leaders in the faith, law enforcement and business communities announced the Texas Compact, a declaration of principles to guide the immigration debate in Texas and urge immigration reform at the federal level. As momentum continues to build for broad, commonsense federal reform, these principles serve to remind the Texas delegation in Congress that Texans support broad,...

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