Enact Comprehensive Immigration Reform
Recognize the significant contributions of immigrants to our communities and economy, and enact comprehensive immigration reform
- Problem: Years of inaction and failure to reform our broken immigration system has been exacerbated by the backwards and harmful actions of President Trump and his administration. Today, our nation’s values and economy are at risk while millions of undocumented immigrants live in fear, and millions of Dreamers face uncertainty. Instead of modernizing border security to address real threats, this administration has enacted a wasteful, reckless strategy that makes us less safe, and vilifies immigrants.
- Solution: Congress should reverse the actions of the Trump administration and work together to advance comprehensive immigration reform that will secure the country’s borders with smart and targeted technologies and practices, create a modern immigration system that reflects American values, creates a pathway to citizenship for immigrants with long-term ties and residency in the U.S., and supports U.S. businesses and farmers. The NDC believes Congress should:
- Reverse the harmful actions of the Trump administration by establishing fundamental humanitarian standards of care and access to information and support for individuals in Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody; increasing accountability; improving tools for Congressional oversight; stopping the thread of deportation for long-term residents like Dreamers, Temporary Protected Status (TPS) holders, and Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) recipients; and continuing to welcome refugees in search of safety and opportunity
- Revamp the visa system to ensure the U.S. attracts and retains the world’s brightest minds and hardest workers
- Work together to pass comprehensive immigration reform that upholds all of these values while addressing structural issues in our existing system, including building a pathway to citizenship for immigrants with long-term ties and residency in the U.S.
- More on those efforts.