Category Archives: June 2019

Immigrants’ Rights Groups Mobilize Ahead of Potential ICE Raids

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June 21, 2019

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Hayley Burgess, [email protected], 202-805-0375

Immigrants’ Rights Groups Mobilize Ahead of Potential ICE Raids

LOS ANGELES — Immigrants’ rights groups are mobilizing ahead of potential U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids targeting immigrant families in Los Angeles and across the country this weekend.

Shiu-Ming Cheer, senior staff attorney and field coordinator at the National Immigration Law Center, issued the following statement in light of the potential raids:

“Once again, Donald Trump is working to ignite his base by creating terror and fear for immigrant families. These raids serve to terrorize our communities and bolster Trump’s broader agenda of dismantling our immigration system and demonizing immigrants.

“It’s as important as ever for communities to know their rights and to be informed of how to respond to any kind of enforcement activity. Our know-your-rights resources help ensure that immigrants know what to do if they encounter ICE at home or at work: www.nilc.org/know-your-rights/.

“We must stand up to oppose this administration’s fearmongering, including efforts in Congress to allocate more money to ICE, which will only be used for more arbitrary raids that do nothing to improve our immigration system.”

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NILC Supports the No Federal Funds for Public Charge Act

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June 12, 2019

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Email: [email protected]
Juan Gastelum, 213-375-3149
Hayley Burgess, 202-384-1279

NILC Supports the No Federal Funds for Public Charge Act

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27) and 36 cosponsors today introduced a bill, the No Federal Funds for Public Charge Act, that would prohibit the use of federal funds to implement the Trump administration’s proposed “public charge” regulation. The bill, H.R. 3222, would create a barrier to the Trump administration’s attempts to vastly expand the number of people who may be deemed ineligible for lawful permanent residence (a “green card”) based on their household income, use of certain essential government services, and other criteria.

Marielena Hincapié, executive director of the National Immigration Law Center, issued the following statement:

“We proudly support Rep. Chu’s No Federal Funds for Public Charge Act and are encouraged to see leaders in Congress join in on efforts to stop President Trump’s attempts to fundamentally transform our immigration system to favor the wealthy. Like so many of Trump’s hate-driven actions, the proposed public charge regulation is ill-conceived and meant to separate our families and disenfranchise communities of color. We cannot allow a single tax dollar to go toward implementing this regulation, if it is finalized. At the National Immigration Law Center, we will continue to fight alongside our communities on every front — including in the courtroom, if necessary.”

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NILC Statement Following Historic House Passage of Dream and Promise Act

MORE: Read Berenice Gonzalez’s excellent article in The Torch about some reasons why this bill passed the House of Representatives and the work that remains to be done.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 4, 2019

CONTACT
Hayley Burgess, 202-805-0375, [email protected]

NILC Statement Following Historic House Passage of Dream and Promise Act

WASHINGTON — In a 237-187 vote, the U.S. House of Representatives today passed the Dream and Promise Act, legislation that, if enacted, would allow more than 2.5 million immigrant youth, people with TPS, and other immigrants to get on a road to U.S. citizenship. Below is a statement from the National Immigration Law Center’s executive director, Marielena Hincapié, noting the historic nature of this vote.

“The passage of Dream and Promise Act is a testament to the work, commitment, and growing power of immigrant communities and the movement for immigrant justice. This victory, eight years in the making, is more urgent now than ever before.

“This bill includes precedent-setting inclusivity, including a roadmap to U.S. citizenship for 2.5 million immigrant youth and people with temporary protected status or deferred enforced departure, an increase in age caps, stronger judicial protections, and more.

“However, this compromise bill is not perfect. At a time when the country has undergone an evolution with respect to criminal justice reform, this bill includes troubling language that unfairly criminalizes communities of color. Any future legislation must work to ensure that the language is updated to reflect the country’s changing values.

“Despite the regular attacks on immigrants by this administration, NILC and our partners fought to secure and expand measures that provide greater opportunity to them. The passage of this bill sends a message that they are a priority. While the House has answered them with passage of this important bill, the Senate has shown no interest in representing the millions of immigrants in their states. Senate Leader Mitch McConnell should stand up for the 157,336 immigrants in Kentucky who contribute to his state every day by ensuring that the Senate prioritizes its own bill that addresses immigrants.

“NILC has been advocating for the Dream Act since 2001, and we won’t stop until immigrants and their families are able to remain with their loved ones, live freely, and have the tools they need to thrive and fulfill their full human potential.”

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Ahead of House Vote, NILC Urges Lawmakers to Support the Dream and Promise Act

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June 3, 2019

CONTACT
Hayley Burgess, 202-805-0375, [email protected]

Ahead of House Vote, NILC Urges Lawmakers to Support the Dream and Promise Act

WASHINGTON — Ahead of the House of Representatives vote on the Dream and Promise Act, the National Immigration Law Center urges lawmakers to support the bill in its current form and to reject any last-minute poison pill amendments designed solely to weaken the bill.

The legislation has some of the most inclusive provisions in years, including a roadmap to U.S. citizenship for more than two million immigrant youth and people with temporary protected status (TPS) or deferred enforced departure (DED).

Reiterating NILC’s longtime work on this legislation, Legislative Director Avideh Moussavian called on lawmakers to pass the legislation with no changes.

“This is a critical piece of legislation and passing it will send a message of inclusion to the millions who contribute to this country every day. As Trump’s attacks on immigrants occur with inhumane regularity, this bill provides a reminder that our community is strong, powerful, and resilient.

“While there are many aspects of the bill to celebrate, it isn’t perfect. At a time when both sides of the political aisle are engaging in courageous conversations about reforming our dysfunctional criminal justice system, it is particularly disheartening to see provisions that further criminalize immigrant communities in ways that fly in the face of our values of due process and fairness. We are committed to the long-term work of building stronger alliances with our criminal and juvenile justice partners to fight these harmful narratives and policies.

“As lawmakers prepare to vote on this historic bill, they must consider how such legislation, if enacted, would benefit their own districts. Immigrants are part of the fabric of every community across America, and legislation such as the Dream and Promise Act brings us closer to recognizing this reality. The Trump administration threw millions of long-term immigrant residents into limbo when he cruelly and unlawfully ended Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), TPS, and DED. This bill provides practical and long-overdue solutions. Lawmakers should support this bill without further changes and ensure greater opportunity and a stronger future for our communities and for our country.”

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