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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 Welcome Federal Lawsuit Challenging Arizona Anti-Immigration Law

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.

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President Obama Calls for Bipartisan Comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill

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.

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Civil and Human Rights Groups Concerned about Rising Number of State Laws Targeting Immigrants

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.

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Protesters Rally against Arizona’s Anti-Immigration Law in Washington D.C.

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.

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Civil and Human Rights Groups File Lawsuit, Plan March against Arizona's S.B. 1070

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. 

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Civil Rights and Labor Leaders Urge DHS to End Arizona Immigration Enforcement Program

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.

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The Leadership Conference Joins Boycott against Arizona Anti-Immigrant Law

May 6, 2010 - Posted by Tyler Lewis

Wade Henderson with civil and human rights leaders, announcing boycott

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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Henderson Condemns Arizona Anti-Immigration Bill as a "Catastrophe in the Making" and Urges Governor to Veto

April 22, 2010 - Posted by Tyler Lewis

UPDATE 4/23 – Gov. Brewer signed the bill into law.

Wade Henderson, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference, joined with other national civil rights leaders today to condemn Arizona's anti-immigration bill and urge Gov. Jan Brewer to veto it.

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Civil Rights Advocates Say Arizona Anti-Immigration Bill Mandates Racial Profiling

April 15, 2010 - Posted by The Leadership Conference

The Arizona House of Representatives has passed a bill that civil rights advocates say would infringe upon the rights of thousands of immigrants, both legal and undocumented. The bill would permit identity checks on residents if Arizona law enforcement officers have "reasonable suspicion" they are undocumented immigrants.

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Report Finds Use of Local Authorities for Immigration Enforcement Not Working

April 6, 2010 - Posted by Tyler Lewis

A controversial U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency program that deputizes local authorities to act as federal immigration officials is not working, according to a new Office of Inspector General (IG) report.

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