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February 2013 News Releases and Statements

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February 27, 2013
House Judiciary Committee: Is E-Verify Ready for Prime Time?

National Immigration Law Center policy attorney Emily Tulli testified before the House of Representatives’ Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security about E-Verify, the federal government's electronic employment eligibility verification program. The committee, which has had several hearings about E-Verify in previous sessions, discussed the benefits and drawbacks to this program.


February 19, 2013
White House Bill a Spark; Senate Must Create the Flame

The Miami Herald yesterday posted a few sections of the White House’s draft legislative language to revamp the country’s immigration policies. The titles released focus on legalization, immigration issues at the workplace, and detention and deportation policies. The National Immigration Law Center will release a brief analysis of the drafts later today. Below is a short statement from Marielena Hincapié, executive director of the National Immigration Law Center.


February 12, 2013
National Immigration Law Center Responds to Obama State of the Union Address

In his fourth State of the Union Address, President Barack Obama outlined his plans to strengthen the middle class and create ladders of opportunity for all children in the nation.The president also touched on immigration, stating that he would sign legislation to overhaul immigration laws right away. Here is a statement from Marielena Hincapié, executive director of the National Immigration law Center.


February 7, 2013
Civil Rights Coalition Files Lawsuit to Stop Alabama from Blacklisting Immigrants

A coalition of civil rights organizations has filed a lawsuit to enjoin a portion of Alabama’s anti-immigrant law requiring state officials to post an online list of immigrants who may be undocumented, without providing them with any way to contest their inclusion in the database.


February 5, 2013
Two-Step on Immigration Reform in Washington

Today, President Barack Obama hosted advocates and labor leaders, including National Immigration Law Center Executive Director Marielena Hincapié, for a discussion about changing our immigration policies. At the same time, the House of Representatives held the year’s first congressional hearing on immigration. Here is a statement from Hincapié on both activities.


February 1, 2013
Michigan Reverses Policy, Issues Driver’s Licenses to DREAMers

A coalition of civil rights organizations welcomed the Michigan secretary of state’s decision today to drop an unlawful policy that prevented young immigrants brought to the country as children — commonly known as DREAMers — from receiving driver’s licenses and identification cards in the state.