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April 2012 News Releases and Statements


April 30, 2012
Health Equity and Accountability Act of 2012 Would Improve Access to Health Care for Immigrants and Communities of Color

Senators Daniel Akaka (D-HI) and Daniel Inouye (D-HI) took another step toward decreasing ethnic disparities in health care by introducing the Health Equity and Accountability Act of 2012, legislation that would improve the health and well-being of immigrants and communities of color. If passed, the legislation would expand health coverage to more families, promote jobs in the growing health care sector, and increase investments in innovative health delivery methods and technologies to improve health outcomes and reduce health care costs. The legislation compliments a bill introduced in the House of Representatives in 2011. Here is a statement from Jenny Rejeske, policy analyst for the National Immigration Law Center. NEWS RELEASE»

April 27, 2012
ICE’S Proposed Changes to Secure Communities Can’t Fix a Broken Immigration System

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) today released its proposed changes to Secure Communities (S-Comm), the Obama administration’s signature detention and deportation system. DHS’s announcement comes in response to recommendations made in September 2011 by the remaining members of an appointed S-Comm task force composed of government officials, advocates, and immigration experts. The task force had recommended that DHS not pursue deportation of individuals who come to their attention as a result of a traffic infraction. DHS refused to take that position. NEWS RELEASE»

April 25, 2012
Civil Rights at Stake in Supreme Court Hearing

The United States Supreme Court today heard oral argument in Arizona v. United States, the Department of Justice’s challenge to SB 1070, Arizona’s racial profiling law. A decision in this case could affect legislation similar to Arizona’s across the country. The National Immigration Law Center and others have filed class action lawsuits against racial profiling laws in Arizona, Utah, Indiana, Georgia, South Carolina, and Alabama. These cases, which bring other legal claims against the racial profiling laws, will proceed regardless of the outcome of this case. Marielena Hincapié, executive director of the National Immigration Law Center, attended today’s hearing and offered these remarks. NEWS RELEASE»

April 23, 2012
Civil Rights Leaders, Plaintiffs, and Litigators Decry Arizona’s Racial Profiling Law

Plaintiffs in the lawsuits against Arizona’s SB 1070 and Georgia’s HB 87 brought by the National Immigration Law Center (NILC) and others described havoc already wreaked upon their states by anti-immigrant legislation that has thus far been blocked in the courts. The plaintiffs participated in a press conference with civil rights leaders and litigators who observed the second anniversary of the passage of SB 1070 and discussed the upcoming Supreme Court hearing on the law’s constitutionality. The press conference was moderated by Lisa Navarrete of the National Council of La Raza (NCLR). NEWS RELEASE»

April 20, 2012
SB 1070 Lawsuit Plaintiffs to Discuss Concerns as Supreme Court Considers Arizona Law

Affected individuals, civil rights advocates, and leading litigators will gather outside the U.S. Capitol to observe the second anniversary of SB 1070, Arizona’s racial profiling law. On Wednesday, April 25, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on the Department of Justice’s challenge to SB 1070. Plaintiffs in cases that would be affected by a Supreme Court ruling will discuss their concerns about anti-immigrant laws in their states, and press federal legislators for a comprehensive solution to fix our broken immigration system. PRESS ADVISORY»