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October 2013 News Releases and Statements


October 29, 2013
Civil Rights Coalition Victorious in Suit Against Alabama’s Anti-Immigrant Law

The coalition of civil rights groups that challenged Alabama’s anti-immigrant law, HB 56, announced today an agreement that permanently blocks key provisions of the law and significantly limits racial profiling under sections 12 and 18, the “show me your papers” provisions. A similar agreement is being entered in a case brought by the U.S. Department of Justice and also in one brought by church leaders. Both agreements are pending final approval by the court.

October 27, 2013
Denham Support Brings More Momentum for Immigration Reform

Rep. Jeff Denham (R-CA) has announced that he will cosponsor H.R. 15, the recently introduced commonsense immigration reform proposal in the House of Representatives. Denham is the first Republican to support the measure, which is based upon the bipartisan immigration bill passed by the Senate Judiciary Committee in May and the border security bill that was unanimously approved by the House Homeland Security Committee earlier this year. Here is a statement from Marielena Hincapié, executive director of the National Immigration Law Center.

October 25, 2013
ICE Alleviates Immigrants’ Concerns about Applying for Obamacare

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement today confirmed that immigrant parents can enroll their children and other eligible family members in health care coverage programs without triggering immigration enforcement activity. The Affordable Care Act bars undocumented immigrants and individuals granted deferred action through the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program from buying insurance through the health insurance marketplaces (also called “exchanges”) but allows their eligible family members — including U.S. citizen children — to apply. Here is a statement from Marielena Hincapié, executive director of the National Immigration Law Center.

October 22, 2013
Letter to Congress Signed by More Than 100 Groups Urges Defeat of E-Verify Mandate

In a letter sent to Congress today, more than 100 groups representing workers and immigrant, civil rights, and faith communities state their opposition to the Legal Workforce Act (H.R. 1772), saying it would not repair the immigration system and would instead lessen worker protections and threaten the jobs of hundreds of thousands of U.S. citizens and authorized workers due to government errors.

October 17, 2013
Jeh Johnson to be Nominated to Lead Department of Homeland Security

President Obama will nominate Jeh Johnson, a partner at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, LLP, to succeed Janet Napolitano as secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. Johnson has previously served in the public interest sector as general counsel of the Department of Defense and as general counsel of the Department of the Air Force.

October 16, 2013
Groups Celebrate the “Year of the Immigrant” at National Immigration Law Center's Courageous Luminaries Awards Dinner

Hundreds will gather this Thursday, Oct. 17, to celebrate a banner year for immigrants’ rights at the National Immigration Law Center’s annual Courageous Luminaries Awards Dinner. This year’s honorees, Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and the Southern Border Communities Coalition, will be recognized for the unique and powerful role each group has played in the fight for just, humane immigration reform.

October 8, 2013
Federal Court Deals New Blow to Arizona’s Anti-Immigrant SB 1070

Today, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued an opinion upholding a preliminary injunction against the “harboring” provision of Arizona’s SB 1070 law. The harboring provision was blocked by the district court in September 2012, and the state of Arizona appealed to the Ninth Circuit. In trying to make life impossible and miserable for undocumented immigrants, SB 1070’s harboring provision would have made it a crime for ordinary Arizonans to do simple things such as give a neighbor or a relative a ride, or for a landlord to rent a home to certain immigrants.

October 5, 2013
TRUST Act: Governor Brown Signs Hallmark Immigration Legislation

NILC applauds Gov. Brown for keeping his promise to sign the TRUST Act, which sets minimum protections for immigrants so that they can live and work safely in the state without fear of law enforcement and deportations. The new law ensures California law enforcement will not submit to requests by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents to hold people who have been charged with or convicted only of minor crimes so that agents can buy time to transfer them to immigration authorities.

October 3, 2013
Bill Signed by Governor Brown Will Improve Public Safety, Allow Immigrants to Apply for Licenses Regardless of Their Status

California Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 60, a driver’s license bill, into law earlier today. The measure, which will allow California residents who do not have proof that their presence in the U.S. is authorized to apply for a driver’s license, received bipartisan support in the California legislature. Here is a statement from Marielena Hincapié, executive director of the National Immigration Law Center.

October 2, 2013
Democrats Keep Momentum Going for Immigration Reform

Democrats from the House of Representatives today introduced a commonsense immigration reform bill that would create a road to citizenship for millions of aspiring Americans, including young immigrants known as DREAMers.

October 1, 2013
Law Enforcement Groups and Top Officers Tell Congress “No” to SAFE Act

In a letter they sent to Congress today, law enforcement officials from across the country told legislators to reject the SAFE Act because it would undermine the core mission of local police to maintain community safety and would waste limited law enforcement resources.