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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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.
August 26, 2010 - Posted by Avril Lighty
On Saturday, August 28, faith leaders and civil and human rights advocates will gather at Shiloh Baptist Church to commemorate the 47th anniversary of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech and commit themselves to renewed activism for social justice.
August 10, 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, and they are urging Congress to pass a comprehensive immigration reform bill.
July 29, 2010 - Posted by The Leadership Conference
U.S. District Court Judge Susan Bolton issued a preliminary injunction yesterday preventing Arizona from implementing sections of controversial immigration law S.B. 1070. The injunction will stand until the courts have the ability to review the case in its entirety. Other parts of the law took effect today.
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.
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