We can create a just and humane immigration system.
Throughout our history and today, immigrants have contributed to the economy, culture, and health of the United States. Without immigrants, our country is weaker, poorer, less innovative, and–honestly–more boring! For many of us, our parents, relatives, and friends may be immigrants. You may even have immigrated yourself. Regardless of where you were born or what your status is we all deserve the rights, respect, and safety due to all Americans.
Look, our immigration system is broken. Fear-mongering, xenophobia, and racism have kept immigrants–documented and undocumented–in a constant state of fear and instability. And when that happens, our country, our people, and our economy suffer.
There are solutions! One way to fix our immigration system is by passing the DREAM and PROMISE Act. The DREAM and PROMISE Act provides a path to citizenship and protections to undocumented people who came to the country as children. It’s the first step in comprehensive, just, and equitable immigration reform.
In 2019, the DREAM and PROMISE Act actually passed in the House of Representatives, but it died in the Senate. The most recent version, called the “American Dream and Promise Act of 2021,” was also passed by the House of Representatives but has not gone up for a Senate vote yet. Who we elect to represent us all the way down the ballot really matters when it comes to creating a just and humane immigration system.
Fixing our broken immigration system starts with voting. When we vote, we have the power to elect a new president, a new Senate, and a new Congress. We can send a message loud and clear that we want our leaders to fix immigration policy and treat immigrants with the respect, dignity, and safety they are due. Since some immigrants can’t vote, those of us who can have a duty to vote for solutions on behalf of those who can’t.
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