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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
September 27, 2010 - Posted by The Leadership Conference
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.
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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