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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

House Bill on Unaccompanied Minors Introduced

July 29, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. — House Republicans have introduced a supplemental funding bill today to address children and families who have fled to the United States. The bill would provide $659 million, covering only the next two months — through the end of the current fiscal year, Sept. 30. The bill also would amend the Trafficking Victims Protection and Reauthorization Act of 2008 and deploy the National Guard to the southern border. Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the National Immigration...

Reaction to Senator Mikulski’s Emergency Supplemental Funding Bill

July 24, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. — On Wednesday, Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), Chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, released a draft of a bill that would address the humanitarian crisis on the border. The Emergency Supplemental Funding Bill would set aside $2.7 billion to fund more immigration judges, legal representation for children, efforts to address the root causes of migration from Central America, and the Department of Health and Human Services’ efforts to care for the...

House Working Group Releases Recommendations on Unaccompanied Minors

July 23, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Earlier today, the House Working Group Speaker John Boehner formed to craft a response to the ongoing border crisis released its recommendations. The group’s 12 policy recommendations include amending the Trafficking Victims Protection and Reauthorization Act of 2008, deploying the National Guard to the southern border and establishing a commission to gauge progress on border security. None of the recommendations addresses additional funding to help agencies care for and...

President Obama Signs Workforce Development Bill into Law

July 22, 2014

Bill Encourages Workforce Training and Immigrant Integration WASHINGTON, D.C. — Earlier today, President Barack Obama signed into law the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, which passed both the House and the Senate with overwhelming bipartisan support. The law will help prepare adults and youth for available jobs and careers by equipping them with the language, education and training skills and opportunities they need to fully integrate into the American workforce. “This law is...

Noorani Joins Experts at Migration Colloquium

July 14, 2014

MEXICO CITY — Today, the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Holy See are hosting a Colloquium on International Migration and Development in Mexico City. High-level officials in the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs joined Jeffrey Sachs, Director of The Earth Institute at Columbia University; cardinals and bishops; Central American officials; and academics and immigration thought leaders to discuss international migration, social inclusion, human rights, respect for the dignity of...

Baptist World Alliance Passes Resolution on Unaccompanied Migrant Children

July 11, 2014

IZMIR, TURKEY — Today, the Baptist World Alliance Resolutions Committee unanimously passed a resolution that addresses the humanitarian crisis of undocumented children and some mothers fleeing their home countries. The resolution calls for a compassionate response, referencing the biblical call to welcome the stranger in our midst. Dr. Warren H. Stewart, Sr., Senior Pastor at First Institutional Baptist Church in Phoenix and Chair of the National Immigration Forum Board, is attending the...

Statement on President Obama’s Remarks in Dallas

July 10, 2014

WASHINGTON – Earlier this evening, President Obama met with Texas Governor Rick Perry and faith and business leaders in Dallas to discuss the crisis on the border. Following the meeting, the President called on Congress to approve his request for $3.7 billion in emergency funding to deal with the border crisis. In response to the meeting, Ali Noorani, executive director of the National Immigration Forum made the following statement: “Humanitarian crises require bold solutions. "While the...

President’s Budget Request Addresses Migrant Children and Families

July 08, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today the president sent Congress a $3.7 billion supplemental budget request to respond to children and families who have entered the United States. Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum, responded to the request with the following statement: “This request comes not a moment too soon. Clearly the administration understands that we must create a process to respond to children and families crossing the border. That said, the devil will be in...

Congress, President Must Partner to Address Unaccompanied Migrant Children

July 07, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. — As the conversation around unaccompanied migrant children continues, one focal point continues to be the protestors in Murrieta, Calif., who last week blocked Homeland Security buses from entering the town and delivering migrant children and adults to a processing facility. Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum, made the following statement on the protests and responding to migrant children who are here: “The No. 1 priority right now is to...

House Needs Serious Solutions, Not Political Posturing

July 03, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. — On Wednesday, Congressman Darrell Issa (CA-49) released a letter, signed by 35 House Republicans, that addresses the president regarding the arrival of unaccompanied migrant children. Among other requests, they ask the president to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum, responded to the letter: “The migration of unaccompanied children is a humanitarian crisis that needs serious...

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