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April 2011 News Releases & Statements


Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Sues to Vindicate Guest Workers’ Rights

Last week, the EEOC filed a lawsuit against Signal International, a major Mississippi marine fabrication company, for its discrimination, segregation, and subjugation of hundreds of Indian guest workers after Hurricane Katrina. The action is a major victory for Indian guest workers, who have fought for their labor rights since 2007.  Here is a statement from Emily Tulli, employment policy attorney at the National Immigration Law Center.

One Year Later, SB 1070 Serves as a Warning to Other States

A year ago, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer signed SB 1070, a racial profiling law targeting immigrant communities, into law.  Although significant portions of the law have been blocked by the courts, lawmakers in several states across the country are attempting to enact similar legislation during the 2011 legislative year.  Utah's governor has already signed such a bill into law and a similar measure is on Georgia Governor Deal’s desk for his approval.  Here is a statement from Marielena Hincapié, executive director of the National Immigration Law Center. 

Senators to Obama: Action Needed on DREAMers

Yesterday, 22 senators signed a letter to President Obama urging him to use prosecutorial discretion to prevent undocumented youth who have been raised in the United States from being summarily deported. Here is a statement from Marielena Hincapié, executive director of the National Immigration Law Center.

Georgia's Gov. Deal Should Veto Anti-Immigrant Legislation That Would Target Communities of Color, Hurt Business

The Georgia legislature has passed HB 87, legislation that draws from Arizona’s ill-conceived racial profiling law, SB 1070.  If signed by Governor Deal, the bill would lead to increased racial profiling and negatively affect Georgia’s economy.

Mandatory E-Verify Implementation Would Risk Jobs, Hurt Economic Recovery

Tyler Moran, policy director for the National Immigration Law Center, provided expert testimony before the House Subcommittee on Social Security of the Committee on Ways and Means during their hearing entitled, “Social Security Administration’s Role in Verifying Employment Eligibility.” Here is her commentary on E-Verify, the electronic employment verification system she discussed in her testimony.


Appellate Court Upholds Decision Blocking Arizona’s Extreme Racial Profiling Law

In a major victory for civil rights and civil liberties, a federal appellate court today affirmed the Arizona district court decision to block the most troubling provisions of the state’s racial profiling law, S.B. 1070.  (4/11/11)