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July 2013 News Releases and Statements

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July 29, 2013
Univision Cites NILC Director’s Leadership, in Presenting Award

National Immigration Law Center Executive Director Marielena Hincapié has received Univision’s “Corazón Award” for 2013 in honor of her commitment to the Latino community. The media company, which honors one organization and one individual each year, cited Hincapié’s leadership at the National Immigration Law Center as a key reason she received this award.


July 23, 2013
“KIDS Act” Hearing Defies House’s Record Against DREAMers

The House Subcommittee on Immigration holds a hearing today on the status of immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children without documents, despite the House leadership’s longstanding opposition to DREAM Act legislation.


July 23, 2013
Fourth Circuit Upholds Decision to Block Key Portions of South Carolina Anti-Immigrant Law

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has affirmed a lower court’s decision to block key components of SB 20, South Carolina’s Arizona-style anti-immigrant law. As a result, provisions of the law that would have criminalized daily interactions with immigrants present without status, as well as provisions pertaining to use of identification and registration immigration documents, will remain blocked.


July 19, 2013
Civil Rights Coalition Pursues Records Requests in Georgia

Following the federal district court’s order today in Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights, et al. v. Deal, et al., a coalition of civil rights groups announced the next steps in its effort to dismantle the state’s anti-immigrant law, HB 87. Significant parts of the law have been blocked by the courts, but one provision remains that allows police officers to ask the federal government to verify the immigration status of individuals who are lawfully detained on state-law grounds. It does not allow for stops, arrests, or even extending detention for immigration verification. Today’s order holds that challenges to that provision’s implementation must be brought in other suits, rather than through the original case that the coalition filed before HB 87’s effective date in 2011.


July 19, 2013
E-Verify: Still Too Costly for Workers

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) today released a new study about the workability of its voluntary E-Verify program, an Internet-based system that checks whether new employees are eligible to be employed in the U.S. The study, which was conducted by the Westat Corporation, shows that the program has improved since the last time it was studied, but that there continue to be significant reasons to be concerned about its reliability and effect on U.S. workers.


July 18, 2013
NILC Applauds Confirmation of Thomas Perez as Labor Secretary

This week, human rights groups from across the nation have come together to show Congress the harm that would come from the proposed militarization of the U.S.’s southern border. The National Immigration Law Center (NILC) urges Congress to listen to the concerns of the millions of people who live, work, and attend school along the border, and who would likely face infringements of their civil rights if this proposal were to become law. Here is a statement from Marielena Hincapié, NILC’s executive director.


July 18, 2013
NILC Stands with Border Communities Against Militarization

This week, human rights groups from across the nation have come together to show Congress the harm that would come from the proposed militarization of the U.S.’s southern border. The National Immigration Law Center (NILC) urges Congress to listen to the concerns of the millions of people who live, work, and attend school along the border, and who would likely face infringements of their civil rights if this proposal were to become law. Here is a statement from Marielena Hincapié, NILC’s executive director.


July 12, 2013
Napolitano Heads to the Golden State, Will Lead University of California System

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano today announced that she has been nominated to succeed Mark Yudoff as the first woman president of the University of California system. The nomination, which must be confirmed by the University of California regents, would take the secretary to California this August. Here is a statement from Marielena Hincapié, executive director of the Los Angeles-based National Immigration Law Center.