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.
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June 28, 2011 - Posted by The Leadership Conference
South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley signed controversial anti-immigration bill, S.B. 20, into law yesterday. S.B. 20 states that if a law enforcement officer stops, detains, arrests, or investigates someone for a criminal offense and develops a "reasonable suspicion" that the person is not in the United States legally, the officer must ask for proof of citizenship in the form of identification or documentation.
June 16, 2011 - Posted by Avril Lighty
Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley signed into law last week an anti-immigrant bill that goes even further than Arizona’s S.B. 1070, which encouraged racial profiling by requiring law enforcement officers to stop, question, detain, and arrest anyone that they have a "reasonable suspicion" to believe is undocumented.
May 13, 2011 - Posted by The Leadership Conference
Civil rights and immigration advocates applaud the reintroduction of the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act in the Senate. The bill would provide a pathway to citizenship for immigrants whose parents brought them to the United States when they were young.
May 3, 2011 - Posted by Avril Lighty
The Florida state Senate is expected to vote as early as today on S.B. 2040, a bill similar to Arizona’s controversial S.B. 1070 anti-immigrant law. If enacted, the Florida law would require employers to use a flawed and costly database to verify the immigration status of all employees and encourage police to engage in aggressive immigration enforcement targeting anyone suspected of being in the state without documentation.
April 20, 2011 - Posted by Scott Simpson
In the year following the passage of Arizona’s anti-immigrant law, S.B. 1070, nearly a dozen states have rejected or reconsidered similar legislation, according to a new report by the National Council of La Raza (NCLR).
April 15, 2011 - Posted by Jeff Miller
In a letter this week to President Obama, 22 senators, including Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, R. Nev., urged the administration to defer immigration enforcement proceedings for "all young people who meet the rigorous requirements necessary to be eligible for cancellation of removal or stay of removal under the DREAM Act."
April 13, 2011 - Posted by The Leadership Conference
In a victory for the civil rights community, a federal appellate court ruled Monday in favor of a lower court’s decision to block controversial aspects of Arizona’s anti-immigration law.
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.
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.
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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