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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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New Day For Immigration Reform as New Administration and Congress Get to Work

January 18, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. — As President Obama takes the oath of office on Monday and the 113th Congress gets to work, momentum for immigration reform is building among voters and leaders across the political spectrum. This week alone, business, faith and law enforcement leaders have issued clear calls for Congress and the President to make reform a reality, and a new poll shows that American voters — Republicans and Democrats alike — support a better immigration process that includes a path to...

U.S. Chamber, Southern Baptists Make Immigration Reform One of Their Top Legislative Priorities

January 17, 2013

**Video available at** WASHINGTON, D.C. — Days before the inauguration and just as the 113th Congress is settling into place, the CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and a former Secretary of Commerce under President George W. Bush joined law enforcement and faith leaders at a press conference today to urge Congress to work together and pass broad immigration reform in 2013. With Democrats and Republicans recognizing the moral, economic and political imperative to improve our...

Illinois Driver’s License Bill Exemplifies Bipartisan Consensus around Immigration

January 08, 2013

Washington, D.C. — Behind strong bipartisan support, the Illinois legislature voted today to grant a special temporary driver’s license to immigrants who are in the country without authorization. This commonsense public-safety measure will ensure that all drivers on Illinois roads will have been tested on their driving skills and on the rules of the road, and that they will have insurance. It now goes to Gov. Patrick Quinn, who supports the legislation. Support for the bill transcended...

New Report Shows Record Immigration Enforcement Spending

January 07, 2013

In Belt-tightening Era, Government Should Choose Quality over Quantity Washington, D.C — The Obama administration has made immigration its highest law enforcement priority, according to a report released today by the Migration Policy Institute. The federal government spent nearly $18 billion in immigration enforcement in fiscal year 2012, an amount approximately 24 percent higher than the combined spending on all other federal law enforcement agencies including the FBI, the Drug Enforcement...

New Congress Must Renew Commitment to Improve Immigration

January 03, 2013

Washington, D.C — Today starting at noon, the 113th Congress is being sworn in. Following an election in which both parties competed for new American voters, Republicans and Democrats alike recognize that now is the time to transcend partisan politics and create a better immigration process. Whether they are up to the challenge or not is the question. “As we welcome the new Congress to Washington, we also welcome the new, bipartisan climate around immigration that has emerged in the past...

New Immigration Rule Keeps Families Together, Promotes Legal Immigration

January 02, 2013

Washington, D.C — Today, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published the final rule for the family unity waiver, a new process that will allow U.S. citizens’ spouses and children who are eligible for a green card to file their applications for family unity from within the U.S. The process will be effective on March 4. Currently, immigrants who are eligible for legalization because they have a U.S. citizen spouse or parent must return to their home countries to be...

Bipartisan Push for Immigration Reform Intensifies with Colorado Compact

December 12, 2012

Leaders Across the Political Spectrum Unite, Urge Congress to Act Denver — Building on strong bipartisan momentum for immigration reform next year, Colorado leaders across the political spectrum are launching the Colorado Compact, a set of principles to encourage real and lasting federal reform. The effort was spearheaded by Democratic Senator Michael Bennet and Republican former Senator Hank Brown and includes a diverse list of over 100 prominent signers from across the state, including...

Conservative Leaders Push for Action on Immigration Reform in 2013

December 04, 2012

National Strategy Session Is "Opening Shot" for Reform Efforts Video of the press conference and National Strategy Session available at: Pictures from the press conference available at: WASHINGTON, D.C. — Over 250 faith, law enforcement and business leaders from 26 states gathered today at the National Strategy Session to debut newly energized efforts — including Capitol Hill visits with key lawmakers — to push for broad...

Leaders Announce Energized Efforts for Immigration Reform in 2013

December 04, 2012

Video and pictures of the press conference and National Strategy Session available at WASHINGTON, D.C. — A powerful bipartisan alliance of faith, law enforcement and business leaders from across the country announced today newly energized efforts to push for top-to-bottom immigration reform in early 2013. Leaders spoke at a press conference inaugurating the two-day National Strategy Session, a gathering of over 250 leaders from 26 states including Arizona,...

Evangelical Leaders and the President Agree: Immigration Reform Is Top Priority

November 14, 2012

Washington, D.C — President Obama spoke about immigration reform during his news conference this afternoon. "My expectation is that we get a bill introduced and we begin the process in Congress very soon after my inauguration," Obama said. The following is a quote from Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum, a nonpartisan organization that advocates for the value of immigrants and immigration to our nation: "In the last 24 hours, influential evangelical voices have...

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