POLICY BLUEPRINT

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OUR COMMUNITIES. OUR PRIORITIES. OUR COUNTRY.

REFORMING THE IMMIGRATION SYSTEM

Asian Americans are part of our country’s rich immigration history. In fact, nearly two- thirds of Asian Americans are foreign-born. Despite the contributions of Asian immigrants to all sectors in our country, community members have experienced a long and deep history of racist and restrictive immigration laws..

Approximately 1 million of the 11.5 million undocumented people in the country are of Asian origin, and over 40 percent of people waiting in the family immigration backlog are from Asian countries. Today, the broken immigration system makes it difficult for Asian Americans to immigrate to the U.S.; increases hardships for immigrant women and their children; forcibly separates families; and impede the ability of Asian immigrants to fully contribute to this country. The following recommendations are a few of the many policy solutions that should be put in place in order to develop a strong and just immigration system.

KEY RECOMMENDATIONS:

Comprehensive Reform:

Support comprehensive immigration reform at the federal level that 1) creates a broad and simple process that provides a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, including young people; 2) keeps American families together, including same-sex households; 3) improves and strengthens avenues and protections for immigrant workers and their families to live and work in the country; 4) ensures the due process rights of all in the United States and prioritizes human rights standards through reforms in the detention and deportation systems; and 5) supports the full integration of immigrants and refugees

Anti-Immigrant Initiatives:

Reject enforcement-only approaches to immigration, including anti-immigrant proposals and initiatives at state and local levels that separate families, and increase the vulnerability of survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and other crimes.

Sensible Immigrant Measures:

Support pro-immigrant measures including proposals that remove barriers to every level of public education for undocumented students such as the enforcement of Plyler v. Doe, in-state tuition proposals, state level DREAM Acts, and the federal DREAM Act, which would provide an opportunity for undocumented immigrant students to adjust their status.