LIRS'S Top 10 Immigration Policy Priorities
While the past four years have represented an extraordinarily difficult time for refugees and immigrants, the 2020 election signals a new dawn in America for all who stand for welcome.
LIRS is moved by the prospect of an administration that sees immigration as a strength, not a weakness. The Biden-Harris administration is expected to move quickly through executive action on key reversals, such as reinstating the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals [DACA], resuscitating the asylum process, and removing country bans. However, uncertainty surrounding the fate of the Senate, an unprecedented global pandemic, and a crowded executive and legislative agenda complicate efforts towards transformative and sustainable immigration reform.
Even so, LIRS believes the new Administration can advance a sensible, coherent, humane and just immigration system by focusing on the following ten areas.
LIRS' TOP TEN IMMIGRATION POLICY PRIORITIES
- Prioritize the reunification of all separated families and strengthen protections for unaccompanied children
- Restore U.S. leadership in refugee resettlement
- Ensure COVID-19 relief, testing, and treatment regardless of immigration status
- Reinstate asylum, suspend deportations, and institute ICE and CBP reforms
- Invest and implement community-based alternatives to detention
- Provide DACA and TPS recipients a path to citizenship
- Reduce the citizenship backlog
- Advance immigrant workforce and education opportunities
- Provide a pathway to citizenship for the 11 million undocumented people in the U.S.
- Act on climate displacement
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