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, our immigration system is badly broken and must be reformed to better reflect the needs of the economy and society, to promote immigrant integration, to provide a pathway to citizenship for long-time resident immigrants, and to recognize the tremendous contribution of all immigrants to the United States.
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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.
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.
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.
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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