Press Releases

Immigration Enforcement Policy Change a Win for Kids

August 23, 2013

Washington — The First Focus Campaign for Children, a bipartisan children’s advocacy organization, reacted to Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) release of a set of policy reforms designed to reduce the harm to children and families resulting from immigration enforcement actions against parents. These reforms, collectively referred to as the “Parental Interest Directive,” represent a major advance for children and ensure that immigration enforcement measures are implemented in a responsible and humane manner.

House Immigration Hearing Must be the Start, not the End, for Kids

July 23, 2013

Washington — The U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee held a hearing today to inform the development of legislation providing a pathway to citizenship for unauthorized immigrants who entered the United States as children. The bipartisan First Focus Campaign for Children submitted testimony for the hearing.

Senate “Labor-H” Appropriations Bill Invests in Kids

July 10, 2013

Washington – The bipartisan children’s advocacy organization First Focus Campaign for Children sent a letter today urging members of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee to support the committee’s draft federal fiscal year 2014 appropriations bill for the U.S. Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and related agencies. The “Labor-HHS” appropriations bill authored by Committee Chairman Tom Harkin (D-IA) would, as the letter observes, restore recent cuts to critical children’s initiatives and strengthen investments in key priorities.

Roybal-Allard Bill Would Help Families Stay Together

June 28, 2013

Washington — Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA) introduced today the Help Separated Families Act, legislation to improve the likelihood that children taken into state custody following immigration enforcement actions against their parents can ultimately reunify with their parents. Similar language has been included in Senate immigration reform legislation (S. 744), so today’s introduction of House legislation sets the stage for a House debate over the impact of immigration enforcement policies on children and their parents.