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June 2014 News Releases and Statements

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June 30, 2014
National Immigration Law Center Responds to President Obama's Remarks on Administrative Relief

NILC's Marielena Hincapie says the administration must act boldly to truly change our immigration
system.


June 30, 2014
National Immigration Law Center Criticizes Obama Administration Move to Deport Children Fleeing Persecution

The New York Times and other sources have reported that the Obama administration will ask Congress to expand its legal authority to fast track deportations for Central American children fleeing violence in their home countries. Calling the move "outrageous and unacceptable," the National Immigration Law Center calls for Congress to reject the administration's request.


June 19, 2014
National Immigration Law Center Seeks Answers for Failure to Enroll Eligible Immigrant Families in Health Care

Far too many eligible immigrants were shut out of the online federal health care marketplace due to onerous and inflexible identity verification requirements, and advocates want to know why. The National Immigration Law Center (NILC) today filed a Freedom of Information Act request to learn more about the government’s “identity proofing” requirements and its use of Experian, the credit check database used to verify a user’s identity on Healthcare.gov, the federal website through which Americans may enroll in health care plans as mandated by the Affordable Care Act.


June 18, 2014
Civil Rights Coalition Victorious in Lawsuit against Utah Anti-Immigrant Law

A federal district court today issued a decision blocking several components of Utah’s HB 497, an Arizona-style anti-immigrant law passed in 2011 that threatened the basic civil rights of all Utahns.


June 16, 2014
NILC’s Kamal Essaheb Named a Presidential “Champion of Change”

Kamal Essaheb, an immigration policy attorney at the National Immigration Law Center’s Washington, DC, office, was named a “Champion of Change” by President Barack Obama earlier today. The White House cited Essaheb’s work to promote the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program as an example of his commitment to improving the lives of immigrants across the country. Essaheb, who came to the United States at age 11, has dedicated his legal career to ensuring that immigrant families are better able to navigate an infamously complex legal system. 


June 5, 2014
New Application Forms & Instructions for DACA Eligibility Released by DHS

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has released the revised form that must be completed by all those who wish to renew their protection from deportation and work authorization through the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The National Immigration Law Center (NILC), which has led efforts to provide all eligible youth and service providers with the tools and information to apply for DACA, urges those who have been granted DACA and those applying for the first time to carefully read and follow the guidelines laid out by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. More than 550,000 people have been approved for DACA.