Comprehensive Immigration Reform
America is a nation of immigrants. Those that immigrate to America seeking a better life for themselves and their families contribute to our national fabric and deserve to be able to live and work without fear. No human being is illegal. But politicians, both Democratic and Republican, have overseen a cruel, broken system that has allowed Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and Border Patrol (CPB) to roam through our communities, tearing families apart and putting children in cages with impunity and forcing millions of undocumented immigrants into the shadows. This must change - NOW.
Where to start:
Root our immigration policies in humanity and fairness. This includes abolishing ICE, an agency less than 20 years old, placing a moratorium on the deportation of non-violent criminals that are tearing families apart, and ending cruel, inhumane detention practices.
Restore refugee protections in asylum cases and increase funding to add immigration judges and hire more court staff to expedite the adjudication of immigration cases.
Codify protections for DREAMers into law and establish a permanent path to citizenship for both the children and parents of undocumented immigrants.
Tackle the root causes of migration from Central America, which is fueled by escalating violence and despair in those countries. Stopgap measures, such as more border fencing and paying Mexico to interdict refugees, are neither just nor enough to solve the problem. Our country must work closer with our Central American partners and neighbors to facilitate local violence prevention and anti-gang recruitment programs and economic opportunities to create a lasting solution.