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Immigration Task Force
Support Comprehensive Immigration Reform
- Ensure that our longstanding tradition of family-based immigration is sustained; reunite families by reducing the backlog in the family immigration system; provide adequate numbers of family-based visas per year; update family preference categories; adjust per country limits; and remove bars to reentry and adjustment of status.
- Provide legal status and a path to permanent residence for undocumented immigrants who work hard, pay taxes, undergo criminal and national security checks, learn English and civics, and provide legal channels for immigrants, who wish to contribute to the American economy, to enter the U.S.
- Ensure that fees charged for citizenship applications are affordable for those who are low income and that fee waivers are generously applied.
- Ensure that naturalization tests are fair, and ensure adequate immigrant integration resources for community based organizations that provide direct services such as English, civics, and naturalization courses, to individuals.
- Oppose any proposal that promotes border security and interior enforcement-only approaches.
- Support efforts to allow workers on H-1B visas greater ability to change employers, jobs, or positions without losing their immigration status and provide a longer grace period against laid-off H-1B workers to find replacement jobs or make arrangements prior to leaving.
- Support the strengthening of U.S. refugee resettlement programs.
Support President Obama’s Immigration Executive Actions
- Support the implementation of President Obama’s executive actions on immigration, including the expansion of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and the new Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) program.
- Work with the President’s Visa Modernization Task Force and New Americans Task Force to ensure that AAPI priorities are included in any recommendations to the Administration.
Family Reunification for Filipino WWII Veterans
- Support the implementation of President Obama’s immigration actions to create a parole program that allows certain family members of Filipino World War II veterans to come to the U.S.
- Support legislation that would exempt the sons and daughters of Filipino World War II veterans from quotas on family immigration visas, allowing aging Filipino veterans living in the U.S. to be reunited expeditiously with their families.
Restore Due Process for Immigrants
- Support legislation that provides due process protections to immigrants; eliminate retroactive provisions of deportation laws; support an effective use of prosecutorial discretion; restore proportionality and judicial review to our immigration system; and protect civil liberties by eliminating mandatory and indefinite detention of immigrants.
Promote Access to Citizenship and Integration of AAPI Immigrants
- Ensure that all eligible legal immigrants have fair and equal access to the citizenship process. Ensure that the naturalization process remains fair and accessible.
- Support English language acquisition, civics education, voter registration and basic education programs.
Oppose Birthright Citizenship Proposals
- Oppose any birthright citizenship proposals and other legislative efforts that would restrict rights under the 14th Amendment.
Oppose Federal Programs that Authorize State and Local Police to Enforce Federal Immigration Laws
- Oppose expansion of programs, such as the 287(g) program, that burden local law enforcement agencies.
Support Administrative Relief for Parents of DREAM students
- Support efforts to provide for humanitarian parole for the parents of DREAMers, including through programs like the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) Program.
Support SSI for Elderly and Disabled Refugees
- Support a long-term legislative solution to ensure that elderly and disabled refugees are not automatically cut off of Supplemental Security Income (SSI) after seven years if they face barriers to naturalization.