Immigration

Immigration

“Democrats will create an attainable path to citizenship and comprehensive reform that creates a humane and non-discriminatory immigration system that keeps families together and strengthens our economy.”

We Affirm:

1. Applying for asylum is not a crime;
2. People fleeing from war, violence, oppression, and/or the effects of climate change are welcome to apply for asylum and should be allowed to stay in the United States while they wait for a determination of their status;
3. We reject the narrative that immigrants can simply “get in line” and apply for legal US citizenship and temporary protections, such as asylum, because the current pathways are inaccessible and discriminatory;
4. Immigration is a defining aspect of the American character and our shared history, not a problem to be solved;
5. Unifying and keeping immigrant families intact is good for people, families and our country;
6. The human rights of every person living or working in the United States, regardless of citizenship status, must be ensured;
7. Targeted harassment, unlawful seizures, detainment and/or caging of children, and other abuses of undocumented immigrants must cease;
8. Enforcement of immigration laws must be reasonable, humane, and compassionate;
9. There should be no religious test for immigrants or refugees to enter the United States;
10. Immigration policies should not be racist or bigoted;
11. Border communities are some of the most culturally diverse and economically vibrant areas in our nation; and
12. Our commitment to policies that provide immigrants a path to citizenship and promote their quality of life.

We Will:

1. Ensure that the United States uphold its moral responsibility to be a refuge for people from around the world seeking asylum, and institute a process that is just and equitable;

2. Oppose profiteering by privatized law enforcement and the security industry in border enforcement;
3. Any facility used to hold people who are undocumented or asylum seekers must be open to inspection to the Red Cross and members of Congress;
4. Oppose the deportations of immigrants who served in our armed forces, and create a faster path for such veterans to citizenship;
5. Expand the definition of family for asylum seekers to include grandparents, stepparents, aunts, uncles, siblings, legal guardians so that families are not separated;
6. Support sanctuary cities, counties and states that oppose using local law enforcement for immigration enforcement, which is a federal responsibility;
7. Oppose the use of excessive force and violations of human rights on our border, and the dehumanization of people seeking entry to our country;
8. Oppose the funding or building of The Border Wall;
9. Deny the use of private prisons for immigration enforcement because profiteering off of the detention of immigrants incentivizes corrupt immigration policy;
10. Defend and support the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Deferred Action for Parents of Americans executive actions (or similar laws) that will help DREAMers, parents of citizens, and lawful permanent residents avoid deportation and pursue a pathway to citizenship;
11. Dismantle cruel and inhumane deportation programs and detention centers and reunite families who have been separated;
12. Challenge and reject divisive and derogatory language toward immigrants;
13. Fight against wage theft;
14. Support the UN in saying that a state will be in breach of its human rights obligations if it returns climate refugees to a country where—due to the climate crisis—their life is at risk;
15. Eliminate the mandatory quotas for detaining immigrants for profit;
16. Oppose the use of prison labor in immigrant detention facilities;
17. End mandatory minimum sentences for immigrant detainees;
18. Limit spending on border patrol and ICE agencies;
19. Require Border Patrol to comply with the same 4th Amendment search and seizure laws as other law enforcement agencies; and
20. Oppose racist ID laws that expose a resident’s lawful status and that restrict people from obtaining a license based on their immigration status.


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