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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.

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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...

ICYMI: New Study Finds Immigration Reform Will Create Jobs and Boost GDP

July 23, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Immigration reform will create millions of new jobs and boost the United States’ gross domestic product (GDP) by billions, according to a study released this morning by Regional Economic Models, Inc. The findings increase the pressure on bipartisan leaders in the House of Representatives to pass immigration reform with a roadmap to earned citizenship. The study looks at the macroeconomic effects of three key components in the immigration reform debate: the path to legal...

Statement on Secretary Napolitano’s Resignation

July 12, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. — This morning, news broke that Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano plans to resign to assume the presidency of the University of California system. The following is a statement by Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum: “Secretary Napolitano has one of the most challenging jobs in Washington. She enforces an immigration system that even she recognizes is ‘broken.’ Importantly, Napolitano has welcomed debate. Whether engaging...

Statement on House GOP Conference Meeting

July 10, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. — In the wake of today’s House Republican Conference meeting on immigration reform, Ali Noorani, Executive Director at the National Immigration Forum, released the following statement: “Immigration reform is good policy and good politics regardless of which party one belongs to. American voters — including GOP primary voters — want their leaders to lead on issues like immigration reform. “Many in today's GOP Conference meeting made it clear that ‘doing nothing...

A Historic Day for Immigration Reform

June 27, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. – By a strongly bipartisan 68-32 margin, S.744, The Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act, became the first commonsense immigration reform bill to clear the U.S. Senate in decades. Since the Gang of Eight introduced its compromise plan April 17, the Senate has engaged in a transparent, thorough debate on the bill. Republican and Democratic senators have recognized the urgent need to reach agreement on a new and broad immigration process...

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