Federal Legislation

The DREAM Act would grant conditional permanent resident status to young people who came to the U.S. before the age of 16, have good moral character, have lived in the U.S. for at least five years at the time of enactment and have graduated from high school.  To have the conditional status lifted, the individual would need to satisfy one of the following two requirements within six years of high school graduation: 1) pursue a higher educational degree for at least two years; or 2) serve in the U.S. Armed Forces for at least two years.  Learn more!

Immigration Enforcement – In recent years, the presence of an estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S., along with the repeated and continuing failure of Congress to enact legislation to fix our country’s outdated and ineffective immigration system, have spurred state and local legislatures to enact their own immigration laws.  Our nation has a right and obligation to safeguard its borders and to enact and enforce its immigration laws.  Some recent immigration measures at the federal and state levels have been aimed at enhancing the ability of state and local law enforcement officials to identify and apprehend undocumented immigrants.  Others have required landlords, employers, health care providers, state and local government employees, and others to take action to report or otherwise penalize undocumented immigrants.  Learn more!

Citizenship – While maintaining ties to their cultural traditions, citizenship enables immigrants to fulfill their American dreams, assimilate into our country’s civic culture, and enhance their contributions to our society.  In addition, citizenship is a core component of our national security.  Many immigrants face barriers to citizenship, including the inability to obtain English language instruction because thousands are on waiting lists for classes.  The availability of instruction in civics and history is limited, and many immigrants fear that their level of education is insufficient for success on the citizenship exam.  Learn more!

Family Separation – Current immigration laws undermine family unity by forcing U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents to choose between being separated from their loved ones and remaining in the United States, or leaving behind their jobs and communities to be with their family members abroad.  Learn more!