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Immigration

Immigration policy affects all aspects of society. Regardless of status, immigrants have always played a central role in the life and growth of our nation. Immigrants contribute $10 billion a year to this country's economic growth. Unfortunately, our immigration system is badly broken and must be reformed to better reflect the needs of the economy and society, to promote immigrant integration, to provide a pathway to citizenship for long-time resident immigrants, and to recognize the tremendous contribution of all immigrants to the United States.

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Policy Letters

After President Obama’s Immigration Enforcement Reforms, Bipartisan Legislative Solutions Remain as Important as Ever - 11/24/14

Letter to President Obama Re: Immigration Enforcement - 11/12/14

Oppose TVPRA Rollback (H.R. 5230) and “No More Dreamers” Act (H.R. 5272) - 07/31/14

Letter to President Obama Re: Immigration Enforcement - 05/19/14

Oppose H.R.2278, the “Strengthen and Fortify Enforcement Act” (SAFE Act) - 08/20/13

Protecting Due Process and Civil & Human Rights in S.744 - 06/11/13

Preserve Fair Hearings: Oppose Grassley Amendments #21 & #22 - 05/21/13

Oppose Grassley Amendment #53 to S. 744 to Expand Unnecessary Detention - 05/20/13

Oppose Graham Amendment #3 to S. 744, Regarding Arbitrary “Additional Security Screening” for RPI Applicants - 05/20/13

Support Blumenthal Amendment #2 to Curtail Abuses in Immigration Solitary Confinement - 05/20/13

Oppose Sessions Amendment #31 to S. 744 To Put Unnecessary Restrictions on Earned Income Tax Credit - 05/17/13

Oppose Graham Amendment #1 to S. 744 To Bar Return to Country of Origin by Asylee - 05/17/13

Oppose Grassley Amendments #27 and #52 to S. 744 Maintain Improvements to the Asylum System - 05/15/13

Support Coons Amendment #2 to S. 744 to Ensure Safer, More Humane Deportation Practices - 05/09/13

Support and Priorities for Immigration Reform Legislation - 05/09/13

Support Blumenthal Amendment #10 to S. 744 - Protect Civil Rights in the SW Border Region Prosecution Initiative - 05/09/13

Press Releases

November 20, 2014 Civil and Human Rights Coalition Praises Announcement of Executive Action on Immigration

September 9, 2014 Civil and Human Rights Coalition Responds to White House Executive to Delay Executive Action on Immigration

July 1, 2014 Civil and Human Rights Coalition Responds to Announcement of Administrative Action on Immigration Reform

March 26, 2014 Civil and Human Rights Coalition Urges House Members to Sign Immigration Discharge Petition

January 31, 2014 Civil and Human Rights Coalition Responds to Republican Principles for Immigration Reform

June 27, 2013 Civil and Human Rights Coalition Applauds Senate Passage of Bipartisan Immigration Bill

May 22, 2013 Civil and Human Rights Coalition Applauds Senate Judiciary Committee for Advancing Bipartisan Immigration Bill

May 1, 2013 New Polling on African-American Attitudes on Immigration Reform

April 17, 2013 Civil and Human Rights Coalition Welcomes Immigration Bill, Urges Congress to “Strike the Right Balance”

April 10, 2013 Civil and Human Rights Coalition Applauds Efforts for Immigration Reform

Articles

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Protecting Rights of All Workers Critical to Obama’s Action on Immigration

August 27, 2014 - Posted by Patrick McNeil

On June 30, President Obama announced that his administration would take executive action to reform the current, broken immigration system, charging Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and Attorney General Eric Holder with moving resources to the border and identifying – before the end of the summer – additional actions that his administration can take.

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Executive Action on Immigration Must Promote Humane Treatment in Detention Policy

August 19, 2014 - Posted by Patrick McNeil

On June 30, President Obama charged Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and Attorney General Eric Holder with moving resources to the border and identifying – before the end of the summer – additional actions that his administration can take to help reform the current, broken immigration system.

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In Executive Action on Immigration, Obama Must Reform Enforcement Policies

August 12, 2014 - Posted by Patrick McNeil

On June 30, President Obama announced that his administration would take executive action to reform the current, broken immigration system, charging Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and Attorney General Eric Holder with moving resources to the border and identifying – before the end of the summer – additional actions that his administration can take.

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Obama’s Action on Immigration Should Broaden Use of Affirmative Relief

August 5, 2014 - Posted by Patrick McNeil

Saying that “America cannot wait forever for [Congress] to act,” President Obama on June 30 announced that his administration would take executive action to reform the current, broken immigration system, charging Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and Attorney General Eric Holder with moving resources to the border and identifying – before the end of the summer – additional actions that his administration can take.

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Civil and Human Rights Coalition Calls on Obama to Reform Deportation Policy

July 29, 2014 - Posted by Tyler Lewis

On July 1, President Obama announced that his administration would take executive action to reform our broken immigration system, with an eye toward reducing unnecessary deportations. The changes could have far-reaching implications for millions of immigrant families who are suffering as a result of the current system.

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Administration Tells Public Schools Not to Deny Students Over Immigration Status

May 9, 2014 - Posted by Patrick McNeil

The U.S. Departments of Education and Justice on Thursday issued updated guidance to public elementary and secondary schools to ensure that no child is denied equal access to education, no matter their immigration status.

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Spotlight on Humphrey Honoree: Eliseo Medina

April 25, 2014 - Posted by Patrick McNeil

On May 15, the civil and human rights community will honor Eliseo Medina with its highest honor, the Hubert. H. Humphrey Civil and Human Rights Award. Medina is one of the nation’s most ardent and successful labor organizers and an expert at building diverse coalitions among local community and national partners.

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Civil and Human Rights Coalition Urges House to Support Immigration Reform Bill

November 20, 2013 - Posted by Haley Robinson

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights expressed its support last week for H.R. 15, the “Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act,” which closely follows the legislative package passed by the U.S. Senate earlier this year. 

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11 Ways the Immigration Reform Bill Can Protect the Rights of Non-citizens

June 12, 2013 - Posted by Tyler Lewis

A key part of the comprehensive bill, S. 744, to fix our nation’s broken immigration system includes changes that will address the fundamental rights that non-citizens have when they come into any contact with the immigration system. Here are 11 principles that the Senate should ensure make it into the final bill:

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Immigration Reform Must Ensure Due Process

March 25, 2013 - Posted by Emily Van Dusen

Two Systems of Justice

In testimony submitted to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, March 20, Wade Henderson, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, stressed the importance of ensuring due process for immigrants when considering reform legislation.

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