We strongly support comprehensive immigration reform that will lead to a path to citizenship for the approximately eleven million undocumented residents in the United States; protections for undocumented residents from exploitative employment practices; and reforming the Immigration and Naturalization Service to reduce the processing backlog of immigrants and of asylum-seekers while also ensuring that our visa program is revamped to ensure that students, laborers, and creative and skilled immigrants are able to live and work legally in the United States. The majority of Americans support comprehensive immigration reform and understand the value legal immigration has on our communities and our economy and we take that as a mandate to ensure that millions of undocumented immigrants can be able to become a part of our society without fear that they will be forced to return to countries whose violence they tried to escape from or to leave the United States, the only nation they may have ever known.
During both his 2008 and 2012 election campaigns, President Barack Obama ran on a platform that included strong support of immigration reform and many Democrats to this day still support reform should the legislation go forward. A majority of the American people shared the Democratic Party's common sense reform to our immigration policies that are humane to the undocumented residents in our country but also designed to keep us safe from any bad actors.
Conservatives and their leader Donald Trump, on the other hand, are fighting for increased militarization of the border and regressive and unconstitutional legislation. In the light of increased conflict in the Arab World from the Middle East to North Africa and South East Asia and exacerbated drug cartel violence in Central and South America, conservatives are reacting poorly through racism and xenophobia toward the hundreds of thousands of refugees fleeing violence, political strife, terrorism, and genocide in their home countries. Donald Trump is already pursuing illegal construction of a border "wall" and unconstitutional bans of Muslims and immigrants from particular countries in the Middle East - incidentally, Trump has not signed an Executive Order banning immigration from countries in which has business interests.Instead of demanding that we get rid of all undocumented immigrants, we must provide a pathway to citizenship or permanent residency. Moreover, denying asylum to refugees from across the globe will only serve to send them back into the violent and treacherous arms of the terrorists from which those refugees are fleeing.
Instead of demanding that we get rid of all undocumented immigrants, we must provide a pathway to citizenship or permanent residency. Moreover, denying asylum to refugees from across the globe will only serve to send them back into the violent and treacherous arms of the terrorists from which those refugees are fleeing.
There are policies that we have seen can work, like California's DREAM Act and President Barack Obama's Deferred Action of Childhood Arrivals (or "DACA") which allow children of undocumented immigrants to stay in this country if they work, are in school or college, or have served in our armed forces. We also urge the continuation and protection of the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (or "DAPA"). Yet we can and ought to do more. We urge our Democrat Senators and Representatives to bring forth once more the federal DREAM Act which would greatly benefit America’s undocumented youth by giving them access to higher education and a pathway to permanent residency. In our military, thousands of undocumented immigrants have served and are serving the only country they have known and are often returning either in coffins wrapped in the flag of our great nation or alive but suffering from war-induced illnesses like PTSD and may experience many forms of discrimination through stigma and homelessness or a crippling lack of access to basic social services. In response to this, however, President Barack Obama issued an Executive Order which permits people who enter the country undocumented as children to remain in the country and work without fear of deportation for at least two years. Our organization has been a fierce advocate of the California DREAM Act and will continue to support similar efforts on a national level. We support President Obama's past actions to ensure pathways to citizenship for undocumented residents and advocate that such policies be continued into the future and we wholeheartedly oppose Donald Trump's and Republicans categorically unconstitutional and unconscionable actions barring the legal immigration of people from around the world.
As a nation built on the sacrifices of millions of immigrants, we owe it to ourselves, our society, and our fundamental values of self-determination and freedom to ensure that immigrants and refugees to the United States are properly screened, vetted, and welcomed in.