As the New Year begins, the White House has released a statement regarding their continued commitment to fixing our broken immigration system.  Please see the White House message below.

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Friends:

As the New Year begins, the Administration remains deeply committed to fixing our broken immigration system and is working to build the coalition of support and bipartisan consensus in Congress.  In the meantime, we can’t wait to fix the system and continue to pursue important reforms to enhance our legal immigration system and focus immigration enforcement on our highest priority individuals.

In this edition of our Immigration Action Update, you will find some important announcements on the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) proposed changes to reduce U.S. citizens’ separation from their family members while they go through the process of becoming legal immigrants, Temporary Protected Status designation for El Salvador, a new hotline for detained individuals, and the new guide for law enforcement officials using U visas for victims of crime in their investigations. In addition, learn about the important work being done to promote efforts to increase support for the DREAM Act, effective immigrant integration, and education on worksite enforcement. Also make sure to read below to learn how you can participate in upcoming Administration stakeholder calls.

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President Barack Obama talks with Cecilia Muñoz, Director of Intergovernmental Affairs, and Julie Rodriguez, Associate Director of Public Engagement, in the Green Room prior to the Hispanic Heritage Month Reception in the East Room of the White House, Sept. 30, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

We also wanted to share some exciting news that is extremely important for our community. On January 10th, the White House announced that current Director of Intergovernmental Affairs Cecilia Muñoz will now serve as the Director of the Domestic Policy Council. In this role, Ms. Muñoz will coordinate the policy-making process and supervise the execution of domestic policy in the White House. Read more.

Last year the President called on diverse communities across the country to come together to elevate the debate over immigration constructively, and build a national conversation to help move solutions forward. You can read more about the President’s call onwww.whitehouse.gov/immigration. This week, the United States Conference of Bishops commemorated National Migrant Week from January 8-15, 2012 by having local churches around the country host events to discuss ways to address the immigration issues in their communities. Please click here for more information.