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March 2013 News Releases and Statements


March 28, 2013
Rights Groups Urge Senate “Gang of 8” Members to Adopt a Better Border Policy

A broad coalition of immigrant and human rights groups have urged members of the Gang of 8 to ensure that an immigration reform bill includes accountability and oversight mechanisms over U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents, to prevent unnecessary deaths and injuries and to encourage more investment in modernizing the congested ports of entry along the southern border.

March 20, 2013
Senate Deportation Hearings Expose Broken Immigration Detention and Deportation System

The Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing today to expose our current immigration system’s disregard of due process and civil rights. Witnesses at the hearing, which was chaired by Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.), explained that the immigration detention system fails to uphold basic due process rights and that the judicial system bars judges from using their judgment to determine whether an immigrant should be deported.

March 18, 2013
Secretary of Labor Nominee Is a Strong Supporter of Immigrant Workers

President Obama today announced that Tom Perez, the current assistant attorney general for the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, would be his nominee for secretary of labor. Before assuming his post at the Department of Justice, Perez served as secretary of labor in Maryland. Below is a statement from Marielena Hincapié, executive director of the National Immigration Law Center.

March 7, 2013
Hundreds of Groups Urge Congress to Enact Inclusive, Humane Immigration Reform

More than 360 organizations from 28 states have sent a letter to President Barack Obama and members of Congress urging that programs and public services that meet basic human needs be included in commonsense immigration reform. Groups signing onto the letter include the AFL-CIO, the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), the National Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems, the National Association of Social Workers, the Sargent Shriver Center on Poverty Law, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), and the National Immigration Law Center.

March 4, 2013
Ninth Circuit Blocks Anti–Day Labor, Anti-Speech Provisions of SB 1070

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has determined that the provisions of SB 1070, Arizona’s anti-immigrant racial profiling law, that seek to criminalize the solicitation of day labor work should remain blocked. The court held that the provisions likely violated day laborers’ First Amendment free speech right to solicit work on public streets.