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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


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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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Thousands Rally to Urge Congress, Obama Administration to Fix Broken Immigration System

March 22, 2010 - Posted by The Leadership Conference

On Sunday, thousands people from across the country attended a march and rally in Washington, D.C., to urge Congress and the White House to push ahead with legislation to fix the nation's broken immigration system.


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Deaths of Immigrants in U.S. Custody Expose Need for Reform

January 26, 2010 - Posted by The Leadership Conference

The New York Times and the ACLU recently obtained documents proving that government officials systematically covered up malicious abuse that contributed to the deaths of 107 immigration detainees being held in federal custody since late 2003.


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U.S. Grants Temporary Protected Status for Haitian Immigrants

January 15, 2010 - Posted by Tyler Lewis

Today, the Obama administration granted Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to undocumented Haitian immigrants living in the United States for the next 18 months.

TPS is a kind of temporary immigration status that is put in place when the homeland of immigrants are deemed unsafe or dangerous, often due to war or natural disasters like the earthquake that devastated Haiti.  It gives immigrants of that country greater ability to work in the United States and travel back and forth between the U.S. and their home country.

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Study Finds Comprehensive Immigration Reform Would Boost U.S. Economy and Wages

January 8, 2010 - Posted by Jeff Miller

Enactment of comprehensive immigration reform would boost the U.S. economy, generating an additional $1.5 trillion in gross domestic product (GDP) over 10 years and raising wages for both immigrant and native-born workers, according to a new study by the Center for American Progress and the Immigration Policy Council.

The study, "Raising the Floor for American Workers: The Economic Benefits of Comprehensive Immigration Reform," examined the economic effects of three scenarios: 1) comprehensive immigration reform that creates a pathway to legal status for unauthorized immigrants in the United States and establishes flexible limits on permanent and temporary immigration to respond to U.S. labor demand, 2) a program for temporary workers that excludes a pathway to legal status and flexible immigration limits, and 3) mass deportation of all unauthorized immigrants.

The study found that comprehensive immigration reform would create the greatest benefits to the U.S. economy and to workers. Along with raising GDP and wages for immigrant and native-born workers, in the first three years comprehensive reform would also generate up to $5.4 billion in additional tax revenue and increase consumer spending to support nearly 900,000 new jobs.


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Far Reaching Immigration Bill Introduced in the House

December 21, 2009 - Posted by The Leadership Conference

Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D. Ill., introduced a bill last week to reform the nation's broken immigration system. The legislation includes provisions that would provide undocumented immigrants with a pathway to citizenship and establish a commission to determine the future flow of workers into the United States.

"Our nation's immigration policies should be pro-family, pro-job and pro-security," Gutierrez said at a press conference. "This bill accomplishes all three."

Under the Comprehensive Immigration Reform for America's Security and Prosperity Act of 2009 (CIR ASAP), immigrants would have to satisfy certain requirements before legalizing their status, including learning English, passing a criminal background check, paying a fine and any back taxes, and proving they were legally present in present in the United States continuously since the day the bill was introduced. On the security front, it provides additional funding to beef up port and border security infrastructure, and to assist states fighting drug smuggling and human trafficking.


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