• This post is a part of the YWCA USA’s What Women Want blog carnival about immigration reform.

  • The League sent a letter to the U.S. House on May 16, 2013 regarding immigration reform and citizenship in a Democracy.

  • The Senate Judiciary Committee is taking the first steps to move legislation on immigration reform to the Senate floor. The committee is considering hundreds of amendments to S. 744, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013.

  • The League sent a letter to the U.S. Senate on April 18, 2013 regarding immigration reform and citizenship in a Democracy.

  • This background paper was produced as part of the League's two-year (2006-2008) study of Immigration aimed at helping communities understand the implications of immigration at the local, state, and federal level. At the bottom of each paper is a link to a downloadable PDF version. "...“Family reunification has long been a cornerstone of both American law and INS practice,” notes Doris Meissner, former Commissioner of the Immigration and Naturalization Service. Many early immigrants to America, particularly those fleeing religious or political persecution in their homelands, migrated here as families. In subsequent centuries, a head of household often came first to “test the waters” of the new land. Prior to 1965, the timeliness of family reunification in the U.S. depended almost entirely on how long it took for this first family member to secure a job and shelter, and save funds for passage to the United States for spouse and children. ..."
  • In last night’s State of the Union (SOTU) address, President Obama addressed many crucial issues affecting our country. His remarks touched on some of the League’s priority issues including voting rights, climate change, immigration and gun violence.

  • Immigration Policy in the 21st Century was the topic of a three-person panel discussion at the LWVUS Council 2007. The panel featured: Donald Kerwin, Executive Director, Catholic Legal Immigration Network; Doris Meissner, Senior Fellow, Migration Policy Institute; and Frank Sharry, Executive Director of National Immigration Forum.

  • Leagues File Amicus Brief in lawsuit challening AZ immigration law

    The League of Women Voters of Arizona and the League of Women Voters of the U.S. joined this lawsuit challenging the recently-enacted SB 1070 in Arizona, purported to be an attempt to curb illegal immigration, that “will subject United States citizens and legal residents who are members of racial and ethnic minority groups, and particularly those who may be perceived to be somehow ‘foreign,’ to the disruption, stress, and humiliation of detention and interrogation.”

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Kelly Ceballos
    June 14, 2010 202-263-1331


    LEAGUE OPPOSES STATE LAWS SURPRESSING CIVIL RIGHTS
    League of Women Voters Announces Opposition to Arizona Immigration Law

  • This background paper was produced as part of the League's two-year (2006-2008) study of Immigration aimed at helping communities understand the implications of immigration at the local, state, and federal level. At the bottom of each paper is a link to a downloadable PDF version. "....The United States is often called a nation of immigrants. And it is. The quotation above expresses the diversity of immigrants and those of immigrant stock, and the vitality this diversity contributes to America. Certainly, new arrivals have a different perspective of immigration from those who have been here a while and those whose roots in America go a long way back. For recent arrivals, the immigration experience is immediate and still in process. For Native Americans, the impact of immigration goes back a long way and frequently continues to have a personal resonance. For those whose immigrant status dates back as recently as their parents’ or grandparents’ arrival in this country or more than 400 years when their ancestors arrived, immigration is a more distant event. ..."

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