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June 2013 News Releases and Statements

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June 27, 2013
Immigration Reform Clears Major Hurdle

In a historic vote presided over by Vice President Biden, the Senate today voted 68-32 to pass S. 744, the bipartisan immigration reform bill. The measure underwent a vigorous markup and amendment process. Here is a statement from Marielena Hincapié, executive director of the National Immigration Law Center.


June 26, 2013
TUCSON POLICE CHIEF VILLASEÑOR
Congress Should Drop Unfunded Mandates on Law Enforcement

Changes proposed to S. 744, the bipartisan Senate immigration reform bill, as well as the SAFE Act, an anti-immigrant bill that could head to the House floor in the coming weeks, would compel law enforcement officers to engage in immigration enforcement activities or risk losing funding. Here is a statement from Roberto Villaseñor, police chief of Tucson, Arizona.


June 25, 2013
AUSTIN POLICE CHIEF
Congress Should Consider Good Policy, Not Politics, When Dealing with Immigration

Changes proposed to S. 744, the bipartisan Senate immigration reform bill, as well as the SAFE Act, an anti-immigrant bill that could be considered by the House of Representatives in the coming weeks, would compel law enforcement officers to engage in immigration enforcement activities or risk losing funding. Proposed amendments to the Senate bill also would require that civil immigration status information be entered into the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) database. Here is a statement from Art Acevedo, police chief of Austin,Texas, and member of the board of directors of the Major Cities Chiefs.


June 24, 2013
Corker-Hoeven Amendment: A High Price to Pay

The Senate today agreed to move forward with the bipartisan immigration bill, S. 744, by accepting language that would add 20,000 border patrol agents and dedicate billions of dollars to bring surveillance and detection technologies to the southern border. The amendment also strips immigrants of their past social security earnings for a decade. Here is a statement from Marielena Hincapié, executive director of the National Immigration Law Center.


June 21, 2013
Filing of Corker-Hoeven Amendment to Senate Immigration Reform Bill

Today, Senators Corker and Hoeven filed an amendment that would alter several aspects of the immigration reform bill currently on the Senate floor. Here is a statement from Marielena Hincapié of the National Immigration Law Center.


June 20, 2013
Police Officers Already Overburdened

Changes proposed to S. 744, the bipartisan Senate immigration bill, as well as the SAFE Act, an anti-immigrant bill that was reported out of the House Judiciary Committee on June 18, would compel law enforcement officers to engage in immigration enforcement activities or risk losing funding. Proposed amendments to the Senate bill also would require that civil immigration status information be entered into the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) database. Here is a statement from George Gascon, San Francisco’s district attorney.


June 18, 2013
CBO Finds Senate Immigration Bill Grows Economy and Cuts Deficit

The Senate “Gang of 8” bipartisan immigration bill would reduce the federal budget deficit and grow the nation’s gross domestic product (GDP) from 2014 to 2033, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO). The second decade of the program is the period when many of the current 11 million undocumented immigrants would become citizens if they meet certain rigorous conditions throughout the long and arduous 13-year road.


June 18, 2013
Law Enforcement Leader Speaks Out Against House and Senate Anti-Immigrant Proposals

Changes proposed to S. 744, the bipartisan Senate immigration bill, as well as provisions in the SAFE Act, an anti-immigrant bill undergoing markup in the House Judiciary Committee, would compel law enforcement officers to engage in immigration enforcement activities or risk losing funding. Proposed amendments to the Senate bill also would require that civil immigration status information be entered into the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) database. Here is a statement from Chris Burbank, Police Chief of Salt Lake City.


June 11, 2013
Senate Votes to Take up Immigration Bill

The National Immigration Law Center (NILC) commends the Senate for voting today to move forward with consideration of S. 744, the immigration reform bill that creates a road to citizenship for most of the 11 million U.S. residents without documents. NILC Executive Director Marielena Hincapié issued a statement following the Senate vote.