We are fighting to reform our unfair immigration system from one that treats immigrants like criminals to one that treats humans like humans.
Families have been separated long before this administration took office. It happened to Joaquín when he was a child. Immigrants should not be treated as criminals. They are our fathers, mothers, siblings and neighbors. They are all of us. Our current immigration system is focused on enforcement and criminalization and needs to be refocused on humanizing immigrants and asylum seekers to preserve the American dream. We must ensure a pathway to citizenship and work permits for undocumented immigrants and DACA recipients who have been model citizens and strong pillars for the nation's economic growth and well-being. It is time we start treating people like people.
To achieve this, we are fighting to:
- Restore Advance Parole for DACA recipients so that Dreamers are no longer prevented from going abroad temporarily.
- Abolish Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and re-purpose Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to focus on customs and its business and trade-related responsibilities.
- Create an independent federal immigration agency that takes a humane approach to immigration to protect the American dream; the agency will be outside of presidential control and staffed through the merit promotion system.
- Shut down the migrant concentration camps and return every child to their parents.
- Restore Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for thousands of legal immigrants from countries that are still facing economic devastation from wars and natural disasters, and establish a pathway for citizenship for long-residing TPS recipients and those with US-born children.
- End public funding for all privately owned prisons and other companies banking on our unjust immigration system.
- Remove the "public charge" rules, especially the newer, more restrictive rules that discourage green card applicants (and even green card holders and their U.S. citizen children) from receiving support through public assistance programs.
- Restrict immigration authorities to operate only within the confines of the border and their respective federal agencies and only where their presence is required by law or allowed by a warrant.