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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, in the wake of September 11 terrorist attacks, immigrants in the United States have increasingly been targets of discrimination and suspicion. Our country must be defended, but one must not forget this nation's commitment to the ideals of equality and freedom for all peoples.

Pledge to Support Immigration Reform!

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Policy Letters

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

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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Improving the Immigration System through Executive Action

March 21, 2011 - Posted by The Leadership Conference

A report released by the Migration Policy Institute (MPI) last week entitled "Executive Action on Immigration: Six Ways to Make the System Work Better" provides recommendations to the Executive Branch for improving the nation's immigration system.

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Henderson: Immigration’s Effect on Native-Born Minorities Is Complicated

March 3, 2011 - Posted by The Leadership Conference

Wade Henderson, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, appeared before the House Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Immigration Policy and Enforcement this week to testify on how political rhetoric oversimplifies the complicated economic effects that immigration has on native-born minorities, introducing unnecessary tensions into communities that share many common interests and could work together on many fronts.

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Colorado Copycat Anti-Immigrant Bill Fails

February 11, 2011 - Posted by The Leadership Conference

The sponsor of Colorado’s version of a controversial Arizona anti-immigration bill wants lawmakers to kill his bill before it even gets a hearing.  The bill’s defeat comes as several states are introducing bills similar to Arizona’s S.B. 1070, which gives local police the authority to investigate anyone they suspected of being in the country illegally.

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Report: Local Immigration Enforcement Creates Environment for Racial Profiling

February 4, 2011 - Posted by The Leadership Conference

Controversial federal statute 287(g), an immigration policy that allows the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE) to delegate local authorities to enforce federal immigration laws, is doing more to harm than to help communities, according to a new report from the Migration Policy Institute (MPI).

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Americans for Constitutional Citizenship Denounces Anti-Citizenship Resolution

January 28, 2011 - Posted by Tyler Lewis

Americans for Constitutional Citizenship (ACC) is opposing a resolution introduced by Sens. David Vitter, R. La., and Rand Paul, R. Ky., which would deny citizenship to children born on U.S. soil to undocumented immigrants.

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Report: Municipal Anti-Immigrant Laws Hurting Economies and Communities

January 25, 2011 - Posted by Scott Simpson

In recent years, states and localities across the country have enacted divisive anti-immigrant legislation that has led to costly lawsuits and sharply divided communities. A newly released Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) report examines the economic and community backlash that can follow the enactment of these laws and concludes that the price of such legislation is quite high.

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Americans for Constitutional Citizenship Denounces Rep. King's Anti-Citizenship Bill

January 7, 2011 - Posted by Tyler Lewis

Americans for Constitutional Citizenship (ACC) is calling a bill to deny citizenship to children born on U.S. soil to undocumented immigrants introduced by Rep. Steve King, R. Iowa, in the House of Representatives yesterday "unconstitutional: and "un-American."

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Civil Rights Groups Announce Coalition to Protect American Citizenship

January 5, 2011 - Posted by Tyler Lewis

Today, a group of civil and human rights organizations and legal scholars announced the formation of a new coalition, called Americans for Constitutional Citizenship (ACC), to fight efforts at the state and federal level to undermine the Constitution’s guarantee of citizenship for all persons born in the U.S. This includes recently announced attempts by a group of state legislators to push state-level legislation to deny the privileges of U.S citizenship to the U.S.-born children of undocumented immigrants.

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Senate Fails to Pass DREAM Act, Again

December 18, 2010 - Posted by Tyler Lewis

Today, the Senate failed to pass the Development, Relief and Education for Minors (DREAM) Act.

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Senate to Vote on DREAM Act and 'Don't Ask Don't Tell' Repeal

December 17, 2010 - Posted by Tyler Lewis

Sen. Harry Reid, D. Nev., has scheduled votes on the DREAM Act, which would provide undocumented immigrant youth whose parents brought them to the U.S. with a path to citizenship if they pursue higher education or serve in the military, and a bill to repeal "don't ask don't tell," the current law requiring lesbian and gay servicemembers to conceal their sexual orientation or face expulsion from the military.

Both bills are top priorities for the civil and human rights community.

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