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National Immigration Forum

site:immigrationforum.org

Current Executive Director is Ali Noorani, formerly with the Massachusetts Immigration and Refugee Advocacy Coalition.

Frank Sharry, now with America's Voice, was previously the NIF's Executive Director for several years.

Their former Deputy Director is Angela Kelley; she's now with the Center for American Progress.

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An NIF co-founder was registered foreign agent Rick Swartz. From this:

[The National Immigration Forum is] the umbrella organization for high-immigration political advocacy, which works closely with sympathetic Republicans. But NIF is not like the conventional lobbying coalitions that exist on numerous issues. It was cofounded by the National Lawyers Guild in the 1980s, back when the Guild was a Soviet front group. The group's first head was Rick Swartz, a leftist attorney who cut his teeth advocating for Haitian illegal aliens and who, during a 1981 Senate hearing, likened the United States to Nazi Germany.

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Evangelical Immigration Table supports bad personal and public policy (Sojourners, Focus on the Family, Richard Land) - 06/12/12

... evangelicals' letter. 6/14/12 UPDATE: The National Immigration Forum supports the Table too. On a related note, one of the groups originally signing on is Focus on the Family, and that's created trouble in paradise. Immigration Equality executive director Rachel B. Tiven says here: "As an organization dedicated to building a coalition for immigration reform that includes all families, we are...

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DHS makes Secure Communities nationwide, no opt-out (so far). Lofgren, ACLU, NAKASEC, FIRM, CHIRLA, ICIRR, MIRA, Frank Sharry, NIF outraged. - 08/08/11

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GAO report raises issues with 287g program (Joe Arpaio) - 03/04/09

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Rights Working Group wants immigration enforcement moratorium and much more (ACLU, NCLR, 248 others) - 01/09/09

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Hard a-flip-flop: McCain changes course on immigration "reform" - 08/02/07

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La Raza, MALDEF have "virtual veto power" over immigration bill - 05/16/07

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1994: Rudy Giuliani explicitly welcomed illegal aliens to New York City - 05/15/07

... Sharry, executive director of the National Immigration Forum] remembers watching in

Shocker at CBS: producer fired for plagiarism - 04/10/07

From this: A CBS News producer was fired and the network apologized after last night's Katie Couric broadcast was found to be plagiarized from The Wall Street Journal and other sources. The complete broadcast was removed from the CBS Web site and an editor's note was posted saying the segments should have credited to Jeffrey Zaslow of the Journal, Nancy Pelosi's office, George Bush's office,...

Reverend Stephen P. Bouman: globalist, illegal immigration supporter - 04/02/07

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White House TWP illegal alien amnesty PowerPoint presentation - 03/29/07

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STRIVE Act: not everyone happy with "touchback" (even for just one day) - 03/24/07

... said Frank Sharry, leader of the National Immigration Forum... ..."I think it's unrealistic, though, to expect these people to leave," said Ana Maria Patina, a lawyer and Hispanic activist in Santa Ana. Patina was skeptical that the government could create a program that would let illegal immigrants leave the country and return quickly. And Amin David, leader of Los Amigos of Orange County...

Trouble in paradise: AFL-CIO, ACLU, NIF, AFSC not fully happy with Flake-Gutierrez; Teamsters, Democrat Lampson - 03/24/07

... said Frank Sharry, leader of the National Immigration Forum. And [3]: [The STRIVE Act] fails to protect the fundamental human rights of immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers in this country, according to the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), a Quaker social justice organization... [it] offers little to address the root causes of undocumented migration and contains several troubling...

Citizenship Promotion Act of 2007 (Barack Obama) - 03/09/07

... government) Immigrant Legal Resource Center [2] National Immigration Forum National Immigrant Justice Center Asian American Justice Center Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society Legal Momentum American Immigration Lawyers Association Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago Massachusetts Immigration and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA) [1] See The Hill for an example. Suzanne Gamboa of the...

Lobbying for immigration "reform" - 01/29/07

... International Union, UNITE Here, National Immigration Forum) Essential Worker Immigration Coalition: $180,000 Chicago Celts for Immigration Reform: less than $10,000

Alliance for Immigration Reform 2007 - 01/17/07

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