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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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White House Immigration Proposal Released to USA Today

February 16, 2013

Summary includes path to citizenship and enforcement – no details on future flow system Washington, D.C — Today, USA Today reported details of the White House immigration legislation. The following is a statement by Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum: “The scant details provided offer a glimpse of what looks to be very moderate White House proposal. On one hand, we are pleased a clear, achievable road to citizenship is proposed for the undocumented. On...

Drive for Immigration Reform Gathers Strength Within and Outside Washington

February 15, 2013

Texas Events Encapsulate Broad Push WASHINGTON, D.C. — As Congress prepares to move from immigration principles toward legislative action, the voices encouraging bipartisan, commonsense reform are broadening. This week, interwoven with the State of the Union address and the first Senate hearing on immigration reform, faith, law enforcement and business leaders underscored their support for reform this year. On Monday, the new “Bibles, Badges and Business for Immigration Reform” network...

Investment in Citizenship Will Strengthen Country, Assist Promising Americans Now Priced Out

February 14, 2013

Advocates launch “Becoming Americans” campaign calling on Congress, U.S.C.I.S. to support legal “green card” holder immigrants who dream of American citizenship An investment in citizenship and reduction of naturalization fees will strengthen our democracy and will keep the United States economically competitive globally, a group of researchers and immigrant advocates said on a national media call today. A new report — “Nurturing Naturalization: Could Lowering the Fee Help?” —...

Bipartisan Framework for Immigration Reform Receives Boost in State of the Union

February 12, 2013

Now Congress Must Move Forward WASHINGTON, D.C. — In his State of the Union address tonight, President Obama reaffirmed his commitment to bipartisan immigration reform in 2013, including a path to citizenship for those who aspire to become fully American. The following is a statement by Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum: “It is good to hear the president emphasize again the importance of commonsense, bipartisan immigration reform in 2013. The...

Senate Passes Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act

February 12, 2013

Bill Includes Important Protections for Immigrant Women Washington, D.C — Today the Senate overwhelmingly passed S. 47, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013. The bill expands protections for immigrant women by broadening the qualifications for a U Visa, a visa for immigrant survivors of crimes who assist law enforcement. However, unlike a similar reauthorization bill in 2012, the 2013 version does not increase the number of U Visas available each year. In 2012, that...

‘Bibles, Badges and Business for Immigration Reform’ Launches, Encourages Bipartisan Legislation

February 11, 2013

**To listen to a recording of today’s call, please visit** WASHINGTON, D.C. — As the debate in Congress over immigration reform heats up and the president prepares his State of the Union address, faith, law enforcement and business leaders today launched the “Bibles, Badges and Business for Immigration Reform” (BBB) network. This national network is the fruit of two years of alliance-building between conservative faith, law enforcement and business...

President Discusses Immigration Reform with Business Leaders, Advocates

February 05, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today the White House continued its intense focus on immigration reform, in meetings this morning with immigrant advocates and this afternoon with business leaders. As bipartisan leaders in Congress begin the work of reforming immigration policy, President Obama continues to emphasize the need for broad, commonsense reform, including a roadmap to earned citizenship, and the opportunity for Congress to push ahead with reform in coming months. “I am encouraged by the...

House Hearing Opens Conversation on Immigration Reform in Congress

February 05, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the House Judiciary Committee is holding the first hearing on immigration reform of the 113th Congress. The following is a statement by Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum: “Today is a new day on Capitol Hill for immigration. We hail the bipartisan consensus, both within and outside Congress, that has brought immigration reform to the fore, and we are pleased to see the House Judiciary Committee prioritize the conversation around...

Senators to Announce Bipartisan Principles on Immigration Reform

January 28, 2013

Framework Is Powerful, Practical Start WASHINGTON, D.C. — A bipartisan group of senators will officially release a framework today for broad immigration reform that includes a conditional path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants. The plan also includes reforms to the legal immigration system based upon the needs of the economy, creation of an employment verification system and an improved process for admitting future workers. Many of the details have yet to be hammered out, but...

Opening Shot for Immigration Overhaul as Administration and Congress Unveil Visions for Reform

January 25, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. — All signs point to major action on broad immigration reform in the coming weeks. Today, the White House announced that President Obama will debut his plans for an immigration overhaul during an event Tuesday in Las Vegas. Meanwhile, a bipartisan working group of senators is likely to release broad principles for reform next Friday. Congress is expected to move forward on legislation as early as this spring. According to the Washington Post, the Senate’s “timetable would...

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