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About the Forum

Founded in 1982, the National Immigration Forum advocates for the value of immigrants and immigration to our nation. In service to this mission, the Forum promotes responsible federal immigration policies, addressing today’s economic and national security needs while honoring the ideals of our Founding Fathers, who created America as a land of opportunity.

For 40 years, the Forum has worked to advance sound federal immigration solutions through its policy expertise, communications outreach and coalition building work, which forges powerful alliances of diverse constituencies across the country to build consensus on the important role of immigrants in America.

Our work is centered around four overarching priority concerns:

  • Immigration Reform and Workforce Needs – Shaping the policies necessary to make our immigration system serve the national interest, meeting the needs of our economy, workers, and families.
  • Integration and Citizenship – Creating the opportunities necessary for immigrants to succeed and contribute to the growth and prosperity of America.
  • Borders and Interior Enforcement – Developing fiscally responsible and humane policies that protect America and promote commerce, while respecting the rights of workers and employers, families, and communities.
  • State and Local Immigration Developments – Promoting the principle that immigration law and enforcement are federal responsibilities.

Ultimately, we seek to bridge policy and politics to create the solutions necessary for our country and all its residents to prosper.

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