This Week In Immigration Reform — Week Ending February 3

Post-Inauguration Edition

Post-Inauguration Updates: NCLR responds to executive orders; Resources regarding the executive orders; NCLR continues to mount opposition to the nomination of Senator Jeff Sessions to be Attorney General.

NCLR Responds to Executive Orders: Last week, the president signed a number of executive orders that prove an unprecedented capacity to ignore the facts, flout the norms of public discourse, and declare open season on the nation’s immigrants and 55 million Americans of Hispanic descent. The executive orders include plans to move forward with building a wall on the Mexican border, ramp up deportations and go after cities refusing to transform their local law enforcement into immigration agents. The president also signed an extreme and inhumane executive order that would suspend immigration from a host of Muslim-majority countries and stop refugee from some countries. “We do not turn our backs on vulnerable people fleeing persecution and horrific violence. That is not who we are or who we ought to be. In short, these orders are as un-American as it gets,” stated NCLR President and CEO Janet Murguía.

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This Week in Immigration Reform — Week Ending November 18

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Week Ending November 18

Post-Election Updates: NCLR responds to election results; Resources to share with community members regarding immigration; NCLR responds to nomination of Senator Sessions for Attorney General.

NCLR responds to election outcome: Following the election results last week, NCLR President and CEO, Janet Murguía stated, “It is fair to say that the whole country, including the Latino community, was surprised by the outcome in this presidential election. We cherish the democratic process, acknowledge the results of this election, and are open to hearing from the president-elect about his plans. But Donald Trump’s harsh and divisive rhetoric, his extreme proposals, and the fact that his outreach to our community during his campaign was nonexistent, have fostered legitimate and significant concerns about the future, for our community and for our nation.” Read NCLR’s full statement here.

NCLR has joined more than 120 national organizations in calling on President-elect Trump to denounce hate acts and ideology that is driving them.

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This Week in Immigration Reform

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Week Ending October 28

This week in immigration: USCIS announces new fee schedule and guidance on ‘extreme hardship’; new report shows benefits of DACA extend into communities across the country.

USCIS issues new fee schedule:  U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) published a final rule  adjusting the fees required for most immigration applications and petitions. The new fees will be effective December 23, 2016 and there is an average 21 percent increase in most application fees. The fee rule has been made final after USCIS reviewed stakeholder feedback. During the comment period earlier this year, NCLR expressed disappointment at the increase of fees, but was encouraged by the creation of a new partial fee waiver.

One of the results of the final rule is a new three-level fee system for the application for naturalization (Form N-400). The standard fee will increase from $680 to $725 (including biometrics). USCIS will introduce a partial fee waiver that will apply to applicants with household incomes between 150-200 percent of federal poverty guidelines, or between $36,000-$48,000 per year (for a household of four). The full fee waiver for applicants with household incomes under 150 percent of poverty will remain in effect. Professor Manuel Pastor, Director of the Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration (CSII) at the University of Southern California, estimates that there are 1 million legal immigrants who will be eligible for the new partial naturalization fee waiver, and 2.7 million immigrants who are eligible for the full naturalization fee waiver.

USCIS will host a conference call to answer questions regarding the final rule on November 2nd at 3:30 Eastern. To register for the USCIS call with Director Rodriguez, click on the USCIS registration page and follow the instructions.

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This Week in Immigration Reform — Week Ending September 23

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This week in immigration: National Academy of Sciences releases major report on immigration economic impact; Citizenship Day activities

National Academy of Sciences Report: An expert panel of the National Academy of Sciences, the nation’s most prestigious and respected source of independent and objective scientific analysis, released a major new report this week on The Economic and Fiscal Impacts of Immigration. Among the report’s major findings:

  • Immigration has an overall positive impact on long-run economic growth in the U.S.
  • There is little evidence that immigration significantly affects overall employment levels and wages of native-born workers; research finds slight positive effects for some groups and slight negative effects on other groups of native-born workers.
  • As adults, the children of immigrants are among the strongest fiscal contributors in the U.S. population, contributing more in taxes than…the rest of the native-born population.
  • The population of unauthorized immigrants shrank by over a million from 2007-2009, and has remained stable since.

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This Week in Immigration Reform — Week Ending September 2nd

This week in immigration: NCLR responds to Donald Trump’s immigration speech; Preparing for Citizenship Day on September 17.

NCLR RESPONDS TO DONALD TRUMP’S IMMIGRATION SPEECH: In recent days, there had been much speculation about whether the details of Donald Trump’s signature issue had changed, muddled by contradictory statements from both the candidate and people in his campaign. In response to this, NCLR President and CEO, Janet Murguía, contributed an op-ed to The Hill, stating, “It is evident that something is happening with the Trump campaign on the issue of immigration. But we, like everyone else, have no idea what that is. Recently, Trump has talked about whether allowances should be made for longtime undocumented residents. By the same token, he did so in a stomach-turning spectacle where he cavalierly put the fate of 11 million people and their families to a “should they stay or should they go” show of hands at a televised town hall.”

After hearing his speech in Arizona this week, it is clear that Donald Trump is sticking to positions that are impractical, expensive and unconstitutional. As Janet stated after the speech, “There was no ‘pivot’ tonight. Instead, Donald Trump doubled down on an immigration platform that continues to be based on falsehoods, distortions and dog whistles culled directly from the most extreme elements of the anti-immigrant movement. In short, Donald Trump threw cold water on those who were expecting a real and workable solution on this issue.” Read NCLR’s full statement here.

NCLR PREPARES TO CELEBRATE CITIZENSHIP DAY ON SEPTEMBER 17TH: As we begin September, we look forward to working with our partners in the New Americans Campaign and our Affiliates across the country in celebrating Citizenship Day on September 17th. There are nearly 9 million permanent residents who may be eligible to apply for citizenship because they meet requirements such as passing a background check, completing a period of lawful permanent residence, and demonstrating proficiency in English and knowledge of U.S. civics.

This is a great time to share stories of individuals who have become citizens, many overcoming obstacles that create barriers to applying for citizenship and who now have the rights and responsibilities of citizenship. If you have a story you would like to share and have it featured in NCLR’s social media, please contact Laura Vazquez at lvazquez@nclr.org. For materials on applying for naturalization, please see the NCLR website.