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August 2013 News Releases and Statements


August 28, 2013
Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I Have A Dream” Speech Inspires Today’s DREAMers and All Immigrants Working for Justice

On the 50th anniversary of the historic 1963 March on Washington and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s stirring “I Have A Dream” speech, the National Immigration Law Center observes this day with a rededication to our continuing fight for equality and justice. Here is a statement by Marielena Hincapié, executive director of the National Immigration Law Center.

August 27, 2013
National Immigration Law Center Analysis of U.S.-Commissioned Report Underscores Need for Worker Protections in E-Verify

If implemented without basic worker protections, a mandate that would require all employers in the U.S. to use an electronic employment eligibility verification system such as E-Verify will exacerbate workplace discrimination, according to a new report by the National Immigration Law Center.

August 23, 2013
New Immigration Enforcemenet Directive Could Help Immigrant Parents

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) today announced a new directive to the field to provide agents across the country with guidance to safeguard parents’ rights, and to ensure that parents are not unnecessarily separated from their children. The directive also creates a new position charged with overseeing the rights of parents. The new directive was issued after public outcry over news that thousands of parents in deportation proceedings have lost – or nearly lost – custody of their children. Below is a statement from Marielena Hincapié, executive director of the National Immigration Law Center.

August 22, 2013
Over 400 Groups Tell Congress to Allow Aspiring Citizens Access to Programs their Tax Dollars Support

Immigrants who qualify for the road to citizenship should be able to pay their fair share for affordable health care, have access to nutrition programs, and be treated like other taxpayers by the Internal Revenue Service and the Social Security Administration, Congress was told today in a letter from more than 400 groups representing immigrant, health care, labor, civil rights, social justice, and faith communities.

August 15, 2013
One Year Later, DACA Has Proven Successful

One year ago today, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program began accepting applications. The program, which provides relief from deportation as well as work authorization to immigrants who arrived in this country as children and have met certain requirements, has attracted more than 500,000 applicants. Here is a statement from Don Lyster, director of the National Immigration Law Center’s DC office.

August 13, 2013
Workers Win End to Immigration Enforcement in Orleans Parish Prison

Reversing his previous position, Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman has agreed to a policy that locks immigration enforcement out of New Orleans Parish Prison. The policy is one of the farthest-reaching of its kind in the country and comes as some lawmakers push to include broader criminalization of immigrants and ever-harsher enforcement in national immigration reform.

August 1, 2013
NILC Executive Director Among Advocates Arrested While Protesting Unjust Immigration Policies

More than 30 immigrant rights advocates, labor, faith, and other leaders, including the National Immigration Law Center's executive director, Marielena Hincapié, were arrested today on Capitol Hill protesting against unjust immigration policies and the House GOP’s inability to pass an immigration reform bill that contains a pathway to citizenship and keeps families together.