Category Archives: January 2021

NILC and NILC Immigrant Justice Fund Statement on Key Domestic Policy Council Immigration Appointments

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January 14, 2021

CONTACT
Juan Gastelum, [email protected], 213-375-3149

NILC and NILC Immigrant Justice Fund Statement on Key Domestic Policy Council Immigration Appointments

WASHINGTON — Upon the announcement that President-elect Joe Biden has made two key immigration appointments to the White House Domestic Policy Council, Marielena Hincapié, executive director of the National Immigration Law Center (NILC) and the NILC Immigrant Justice Fund, issued the following statement:

“The appointments of Esther Olavarria as deputy director for immigration and Tyler Moran as special assistant to the president for immigration are exciting and welcome developments as the incoming Biden administration continues to build its team. These appointments signal a new day for immigrants, who will have strong champions and allies in the White House in Olavarria and Moran.

“Both Olavarria and Moran have decades of experience working to improve the lives of immigrants through their legal and policy work. Olavarria brings her unparalleled expertise on the complex immigration issues that need to be addressed, coupled with her own immigrant experience. Moran brings a wealth of expertise on a range of issues impacting immigrants from her past work with key stakeholders at the federal, state, and local levels.

“NILC applauds these appointments, and we are especially pleased that Moran, who formerly served as NILC’s federal policy director, will play an instrumental role in developing a pro-immigrant agenda under the Biden administration, including creating a pathway to U.S. citizenship for the 11 million immigrants who call our country home.

“NILC stands ready to partner with and support the work of Olavarria, Moran, and all the leaders announced today in their new roles, both as they work to undo the harm from the last four years and also in designing and implementing a boldly pro-immigrant agenda, so that our nation can again be a beacon for those seeking a better life in our country.”

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NILC Denounces Anti-Democratic Assault on the U.S. Capitol by Trump-incited Mob

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January 8, 2021

CONTACT
Juan Gastelum, [email protected], 213-375-3149

NILC Denounces Anti-Democratic Assault on the U.S. Capitol by Trump-incited Mob

WASHINGTON — Marielena Hincapié, executive director of the National Immigration Law Center and the NILC Immigrant Justice Fund, issued the following statement after a riotous mob of Trump supporters violently attacked the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021:

“The violent mobs attempting to disrupt the democratic process on Wednesday were the direct result of years of divisive rhetoric by Donald Trump and his enablers, rooted in white supremacy and division by race, class, and immigration status. The events that unfolded and the response by law enforcement also openly exposed the inequities in how peaceful protestors of color are treated.

“This was an assault on the will of the American people, who have spoken and overwhelmingly voted for Joe Biden. The election is over. Our nation’s leaders must be united in condemning this violence on our nation’s Capitol and hold those responsible accountable for their actions.

“In just under two weeks, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will be sworn in as the next president and vice president of the United States. Democracy has prevailed, but it is frail, and it requires all of us to work together to strengthen it.

“We should learn from the multiracial organizing in Georgia that resulted in the election of two senators who have committed to represent all Georgians. We are witnessing history and look forward to helping rebuild the country so everyone, including immigrants, has the freedom to thrive.”

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Statement on Nomination of Merrick Garland for U.S. Attorney General

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January 8, 2021

CONTACT
Juan Gastelum, [email protected], 213-375-3149

NILC and NILC Immigrant Justice Fund Statement on Nomination of Merrick Garland for U.S. Attorney General

WASHINGTON — On January 8, 2021, Marielena Hincapié, executive director of the National Immigration Law Center and the NILC Immigrant Justice Fund, issued the following statement on the nominations of Judge Merrick Garland for U.S. attorney general, Kristen Clarke for assistant attorney general for Civil Rights, and Vanita Gupta for associate attorney general.

“Merrick Garland is the right person at the right time to lead the U.S. Department of Justice. After four years of lawlessness and devaluing of our country’s moral and ethical code, it is vital that the United States again restore its respect for justice, due process, and equitable enforcement of the laws of our nation.

“As the next attorney general, Merrick Garland will be faced with significant challenges, including legal battles still in the courts over Trump’s anti-immigrant policies. We look forward to working closely with Garland in his capacity as attorney general to restore our country’s moral standing in the world and again become a beacon of hope for those seeking a better life.

“We applaud President-elect Biden’s nominations of top leaders in our legal profession to lead the Department of Justice along with Merrick Garland, including Lisa Monaco, who will be an experienced deputy attorney general and will be able to lead from day one. We at NILC look forward to working with her to reverse the devastating anti-immigrant policies adopted by the Trump administration.

“We are particularly thrilled to have our close colleagues Vanita Gupta and Kristen Clarke also named to the leadership of DOJ. Gupta is an impeccable choice to serve as associate attorney general, having previously led the Civil Rights Division under President Obama. She is exactly the visionary leader we need now more than ever, and the department, and the American people, will be well served by her.

“Clarke is a tireless fighter for civil rights, and she is the right person to lead the department’s Civil Rights Division. The Civil Rights Division will play a key role in restoring the DOJ’s reputation with communities that count on its unwavering commitment to uphold civil and constitutional rights for all, particularly voting rights, which are critical to safeguarding our democracy.”

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Statement on Nomination of Marty Walsh as Secretary of Labor

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January 8, 2021

CONTACT
Juan Gastelum, [email protected], 213-375-3149

NILC and NILC Immigrant Justice Fund Statement on Nomination of Marty Walsh as Secretary of Labor

WASHINGTON — Upon the announcement that President-elect Joe Biden will be nominating Marty Walsh to lead the U.S. Department of Labor, Marielena Hincapié, executive director of the National Immigration Law Center and the NILC Immigrant Justice Fund, issued the following statement:

“President-elect Biden has decided that Marty Walsh is the best choice to lead the Department of Labor, and we at NILC applaud his choice. As the current mayor of Boston and someone with roots in the labor movement and, in particular, the building trades, Walsh has the trusted relationship with the labor movement and experience to lead the department during these unprecedented times.

“The COVID-19 pandemic, increasing economic inequality, and the needs of essential workers, 70 percent of whom are immigrants, must be priorities for the next secretary of Labor, and we at NILC look forward to working with incoming Secretary Walsh to address these needs as we work to ‘build back better’ and to ensure that we have robust enforcement of all workers’ rights, including the rights of immigrant workers.”

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