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May 2013 News Releases and Statements

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May 28, 2013
Louisiana Supreme Court Urged to Strike Down Anti-Immigrant Law

Today the National Immigration Law Center (NILC), the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation Immigrants’ Rights Project (ACLU-IRP), and the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Louisiana (ACLU-LA) filed a friend-of-the-court (amicus) brief with the Louisiana Supreme Court in the cases of State v. Bonifacio Ramirez and State v. Marquez, challenging a state law that puts foreign exchange students and construction workers rebuilding the state after hurricanes Katrina, Isaac, and Rita at risk of a felony conviction for doing nothing more than drive a car.


May 21, 2013
IMMIGRATION REFORM BILL
Senate Bill Clears Major Legislative Hurdle

The Senate Judiciary Committee today voted to allow S. 744, the bipartisan immigration reform bill, to be considered on the Senate floor. The committee considered hundreds of amendments to the legislation, many of which, if passed, would have killed the bill. Here is a statement from Marielena Hincapié, executive director of the National Immigration Law Center.


May 20, 2013
IMMIGRATION REFORM BILL
Senate Judiciary Committee Tackles Controversial Amendments

The Senate Judiciary Committee entered its final week of markup on S. 744, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013. Today the committee discussed and voted on amendments to Title III , which would affect immigration enforcement and labor policies. Here is a statement from Marielena Hincapié, executive director of the National Immigration Law Center, who attended today’s markup.


May 20, 2013
IMMIGRATION REFORM BILL
Salt Lake City Police Chief Opposes Amendment Requiring That Civil Immigration Status Information Be Entered into the National Crime Information Center Database

The Senate Judiciary Committee has entered the final phase of markup for S. 744, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013. This week, senators will vote on amendments that would affect legalization, detention, and deportation components of this bill. Here is a statement from Chris Burbank, chief of the Salt Lake City Police Department, on Senator Jeff Sessions’s (R-AL) amendment 35, which would require that civil immigration status information be entered into the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) database.


May 16, 2013
Court Says Arizona Violates Constitution by Discriminatorily Denying Driver’s Licenses to DREAMers, but Fails to Block State Policy

A federal district court has stopped short of ordering Arizona to make driver’s licenses available to young immigrants authorized to live and work in the United States under the federal government’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, even though it ruled that the state has no rational basis under the law to deny driver’s licenses.


May 16, 2013
IMMIGRATION REFORM BILL
NILC Responds to E-Verify Amendments

The Senate Judiciary Committee today began marking up Title III of the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013 (S. 744). The senators’ discussion focused on E-Verify, an online employment eligibility verification system that the bill would require all employers in the U.S. to use. Some senators offered amendments that would increase the system’s worker protections, while others offered amendments that would require employers to use the system before it is actually ready for every employer in the U.S. to use. Here is a statement from Marielena Hincapié, executive director of the National Immigration Law Center.


May 14, 2013
IMMIGRATION REFORM BILL
Judiciary Committee Rejects Poison Pill Visa Cap Amendment to Senate Bill

An amendment offered by Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) that would have capped the number of visas available for workers was solidly rejected Tuesday by the Senate Judiciary Committee on a 17-1 vote. The amendment reflected the views of the most extreme anti-immigrant voices in the immigration debate and would have driven a stake through the heart of the Senate’s immigration reform bill. The only senator who voted in favor of the amendment was Sessions himself. Here is a statement from Don Lyster, director of the National Immigration Law Center’s Washington, DC, office.


May 9, 2013
IMMIGRATION REFORM BILL
National Immigration Law Center Statement on the First Day of Senate Markup

The Senate Judiciary Committee voted on the first of several proposed amendments to S. 744, the bipartisan immigration reform bill introduced two weeks ago. Amendments to the “triggers” and components of Title I (also known as the border component of the bill), as well as a vote on the manager’s amendments, were brought forward and addressed. Here is a statement from Marielena Hincapié, executive director of the National Immigration Law Center, who attended today’s proceedings.