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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 Family Detention Facility Moves Enforcement in Wrong Direction

September 23, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) announced today that it plans to open a 2,400-bed facility in Dilley, Texas, to house families who have fled across the southwest border in recent months. The facility would be run by a private prison company, Corrections Corporation of America. The following is a response from Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum: “If the administration has worked since 2009 to phase out family detention,...

Customs and Border Protection Addresses Use-of-Force Concerns

September 18, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced measures that address concerns about incidents involving officers’ use of force. According to CQ Roll Call, CBP will begin testing body cameras at a training facility in New Mexico Oct. 1. In addition, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson announced today that he is delegating to CBP the authority to investigate employees regarding alleged criminal misconduct, to increase transparency and accountability....

Pew Report: New Americans are Putting Down Roots

September 03, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today the Pew Research Center Hispanic Trends Project released a report showing that the U.S. population of immigrants lacking authorization has decreased in the past few years, and undocumented immigrants are more likely to be long-term residents with U.S.-born children. Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum, responded: “More and more, America is home to immigrants who have put down roots and want to contribute as fully as they can. Right...

House Supplemental Bills: An Affront to our Nation’s Values

August 01, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the House of Representatives is expected to vote on a package of bills to respond to the situation on the border. The bills would weaken protections for children fleeing violence, provide next-to-no funding for immigration judges and legal representation, waste valuable National Guard resources, and coldly end DACA for future and current DREAMers. Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum, made the following statement on the bills under...

House Fails to Find Votes for Immigration Bill

July 31, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. — House leaders indicated earlier this afternoon that they would not hold planned votes on two bills: one to address the humanitarian situation on the Southwest border by focusing funding on enforcement, and a second to restrict Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum, responded: “Once again, partisanship is dominating the day. “I’m not surprised it seems the votes aren’t there. These bills...

House Votes Steer Debate in Wrong Direction

July 31, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. — This morning, the House of Representatives is expected to vote on H.R. 5230, a bill that fails to offer a meaningful solution to the humanitarian situation on the Southwest border by focusing funding on enforcement rather than a fair process. In an effort to muster support for the emergency supplemental, the House of Representatives also is expected to vote today on H.R. 5272, a bill that would restrict Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Ali Noorani, Executive...

Border Mayors in Texas Speak about Migrant Children

July 30, 2014

Brownsville, McAllen, Edinburg Mayors React to Proposals in Congress For a recording of today’s call, click here. WASHINGTON, D.C. — With both houses of Congress considering supplemental funding bills that address the border and children who have been fleeing to the U.S., mayors from Texas border communities spoke out during a press call today. On the press call, the mayors of Brownsville, Edinburg and McAllen, who have helped their cities welcome tens of thousands of unaccompanied...

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...


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