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!
July 22, 2010 - Posted by The Leadership Conference
Immigrant rights activists gathered at the Capitol this Tuesday to rally in support of the DREAM Act.
While protesters rallied outside the Hart Senate Office Building, 21 undocumented immigrant college students staged sit-ins at congressional offices in support of their right to an education. At the conclusion of the sit-ins, these students were arrested and turned over to federal immigration enforcement to face possible deportation proceedings.
The DREAM Act is bipartisan legislation that would provide a path to legal citizenship to children of undocumented immigrants – many of whom have lived in the United States nearly all their lives – provided that they earn a college degree or serve two years in the military. Civil and human rights groups strongly support this legislation as a common sense policy that promotes education, public service, and civic society for all.
For more resources on the DREAM Act and how you can get involved, visit dreamact.info.
July 19, 2010 - Posted by The Leadership Conference
Immigration experts, government officials, and civil rights leaders say that an enforcement-only strategy will not solve the U.S. immigration system's underlying problems.
July 8, 2010 - Posted by Avril Lighty
Contrary to popular belief, the majority of voters who support the controversial Arizona immigration law SB 1070 also overwhelmingly supports comprehensive immigration reform, according to a new poll conducted by Lake Research Partners for America's Voice.
July 6, 2010 - Posted by Avril Lighty
The U.S. Department of Justice filed a lawsuit Tuesday to invalidate the controversial Arizona immigration law that gives local police the authority to detain anyone suspected of being in the country illegally.
July 1, 2010 - Posted by Tyler Lewis
This morning, President Obama gave a major speech on the need to pass a comprehensive immigration reform bill that fixes the nation's broken system. The president called on Congress to put aside politics and pass a bipartisan bill.
June 22, 2010 - Posted by The Leadership Conference
As Arizona's anti-immigration law continues to stir controversy, at least 22 other states have passed or are considering similar legislation aiming to aggressively target people suspected of being in the United States without documentation.
June 3, 2010 - Posted by The Leadership Conference
Hundreds of people came to Washington, D.C., today to protest Arizona's anti-immigration law (S.B. 1070) and push Congress to enact comprehensive immigration reform.
The rally was sponsored by America's Voice and supported by a number of other organizations, including SEIU and Catholics United. Supporters, braving the summer heat, picketed in front of the White House where President Obama was meeting with Arizona Governor Jan Brewer about S.B. 1070. They also heard speeches from several supporters who said that the law is putting the Arizona economy at risk.
S.B. 1070, signed by Governor Jan Brewer on April 23, will make racial profiling the norm in Arizona by requiring law enforcement officers to stop, question, detain, and arrest anyone that they have a "reasonable suspicion" to believe is undocumented. The law has been widely denounced as extreme, unconstitutional, and fundamentally unfair and discriminatory.
May 26, 2010 - Posted by Jheanelle Wilkins
Civil and human rights groups are working on multiple fronts to galvanize support for repealing Arizona's controversial anti-immigration law, S.B. 1070, before it goes into effect on July 28.
May 14, 2010 - Posted by Ron Bigler
Arizona’s new anti-immigration law (S.B. 1070) would make the federal government complicit in racial profiling, unless the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) rescinds agreements with Arizona law enforcement under an immigration training and enforcement program, according to The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and the AFL-CIO.
May 6, 2010 - Posted by Tyler Lewis
Leadership Conference President and CEO Wade Henderson with civil and human rights leaders announcing the boycott.
The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights joined the National Council of La Raza (NCLR) and other organizations around the country today to announce a boycott of the state of Arizona in protest of the state's anti-immigrant law, S.B. 1070.
The participating organizations have pledged to hold no conventions, conferences, special events, or major meetings involving significant travel to Arizona while S.B. 1070 is in effect. The Leadership Conference has also pledged to urge its more than 200 member organizations to do the same.
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