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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.

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Policy Letters

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

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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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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Business, Civil Rights Groups Challenge Arizona Law on Undocumented Workers

December 17, 2010 - Posted by The Leadership Conference

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a case about whether an Arizona law prohibiting employers from hiring undocumented immigrants conflicts with federal immigration law. 

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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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CA Supreme Court Preserves In-State Tuition for Undocumented Students

November 19, 2010 - Posted by The Leadership Conference

The California Supreme Court this week ruled that undocumented immigrants may continue to be eligible for in-state-tuition rates at California state colleges and universities.

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Civil Rights Groups’ Lawsuit Challenging the Constitutionality of S.B. 1070 Advances

October 13, 2010 - Posted by The Leadership Conference

Last week, U.S. District Court Judge Susan Bolton upheld key parts of a class action lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Arizona's anti-immigrant law, S.B. 1070, brought by a coalition of civil rights groups on behalf of labor, domestic violence, day laborer, human services, and social justice organizations.

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Diverse ‘One Nation’ March Highlights Need for Bold Solutions, Voter Turnout in November

October 4, 2010 - Posted by Avril Lighty

Nearly 200,000 people from across America came together Saturday to rally for "jobs, justice, and education" at the "One Nation Working Together" march on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. The march was designed to spur elected officials to enact a bold agenda to move our country forward, and to urge voters to take part in the mid-term elections on November 2.

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One Nation Working Together Blogmobile’s Cross Country Journey for Change

September 27, 2010 - Posted by The Leadership Conference

On September 25, seven social advocates from One Nation Working Together in California embarked on a journey to Washington, D.C., as part of the One Nation Working Together Blogmobile.

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Opponents Block Senate Votes on 'Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell' Repeal and DREAM Act

September 22, 2010 - Posted by The Leadership Conference

Yesterday, the Senate failed to garner enough votes to begin debating the Department of Defense authorization bill, making it less likely that the "don't ask, don't tell" repeal and the DREAM Act, which were both added to the bill as amendments, will become law this year.

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Senate Expected to Vote on DREAM Act Soon

September 20, 2010 - Posted by The Leadership Conference

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D. Nev., is expected to bring the Development, Relief and Education for Minors (DREAM) Act to the floor this month. It will be offered as an amendment to a defense bill.

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