National Immigration Law Center
Sign up for email updates.

Our mission is to defend & advance the rights & opportunities of low-income immigrants and their family members.

March 2014 News Releases and Statements


March 27, 2014
Special Health Care Enrollment Period Will Allow Immigrant Families to #GetCovered

The Obama administration provided guidance Wednesday clarifying that certain individuals who tried but were unable to sign up for health coverage by March 31 would be eligible for a special enrollment period, allowing immigrant families who were shut out of the system due to technical glitches more time to purchase the coverage they need. Those who are eligible for the health care program but do not purchase insurance will face a tax penalty. Here is a statement by Marielena Hincapié, executive director of the National Immigration Law Center.

March 26, 2014
National Immigration Law Center Responds to House Petition to Force Vote on Commonsense Immigration Reform This Year

Seeking to remove the House blockade on commonsense immigration reform, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi of California has announced the filing of a discharge petition, a legislative maneuver to force a House floor vote on immigration reform. The discharge petition — an infrequently used tool that, if signed by a majority of House members, forces House leadership to bring up a bill for a vote — was proposed by Democrats because the GOP-led House has failed to act. Here is a statement by Marielena Hincapié, NILC's executive director.

March 25, 2014
National Immigration Law Center Reacts to Senate’s Failure to Confirm Debo Adegbile for Department of Justice Post

Recently, the Senate failed to confirm Debo Adegbile to head the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Civil Rights. Adegbile, who has served as director of litigation at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, is an accomplished and respected attorney who has defended the rights of many of the most marginalized members of society. More than 86 organizations, including the National Immigration Law Center, supported Adegbile’s nomination. Here is a statement from Marielena Hincapié, executive director of the National Immigration Law Center.

March 14, 2014
NILC: We Will Continue to Fight for Permanent Dignity for Aspiring Citizens

National Immigration Law Center Executive Director Marielena Hincapié issued the following statement following a White House meeting today between President Obama and advocates for commonsense immigration reform.

March 13, 2014
NILC Praises Proposed Health Equity and Access under the Law (HEAL) for Immigrant Women and Families Act of 2014

The National Immigration Law Center applauds legislation introduced by Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham and cosponsored by Reps. Donna Christensen, Barbara Lee, Marcia Fudge, Eleanor Norton, Luis Gutierrez, Lucille Roybal-Allard, and Marc Veasey that would remove harmful and discriminatory barriers that now prohibit immigrants from participating in health care programs that their tax dollars support.

March 12, 2014
House Refuses to Fix Broken Immigration System and Instead Targets Immigrants

In their continuing attack on the most vulnerable members of society, including immigrants, members of the U.S. House of Representatives are considering two bills that would challenge the president’s executive authority and needlessly set up a major constitutional debate.

March 3, 2014
Civil Rights Coalition Achieves Important Protections Against South Carolina’s Anti-Immigrant Law

A civil rights coalition that challenged South Carolina’s anti-immigrant law, Act 69 (also known as SB 20), has announced an agreement with the state that permanently blocks key provisions and provides strict limits on the “racial profiling” provisions of the law. The agreement was also entered into by the U.S. Department of Justice, effectively ending two consolidated lawsuits against Act 69 in the state.