Immigration

Democrats will create an obtainable 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. Immigration is a defining aspect of the American character and our shared history, not a problem to be solved;
  2. Unifying and keeping immigrant families intact is good for people, families and our country;
  3. We reject the narrative that immigrants can simply “get in line” and apply for legal US citizenship because the current pathway is extremely restrictive and prevents most from becoming citizens;
  4. The human rights of every person living or working in the United States, regardless of citizenship status, must be ensured;
  5. Targeted harassment, unlawful seizures, and other abuses of undocumented immigrants must cease;
  6. Enforcement of immigration laws must be reasonable, humane, and compassionate;
  7. There should be no religious test for immigrants or refugees to enter the United States;
  8. Immigration policies should not be racist;
  9. Border communities are some of the most culturally diverse and economically vibrant areas in our nation;
  10. Our commitment to policies that provide immigrants a path to citizenship and promote their quality of life; and
  11. We support Sanctuary cities, counties and states and oppose using local law enforcement for immigration enforcement, a federal responsibility.

We will:

  1. Oppose profiteering by privatized law enforcement and security industry in border enforcement;
  2. Oppose the deportations of immigrants who served in our armed forces, and create a faster path for such veterans to citizenship;
  3. Defend and support the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals 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;
  4. Work to prevent inhumane treatment of immigrants in detention centers;
  5. Oppose the funding or building of The Border Wall;
  6. Challenge and reject divisive and derogatory language toward immigrants;
  7. Fight against wage theft;
  8. Eliminate the mandatory quotas for detaining of immigrants for profit;
  9. End mandatory minimum sentences for immigrant detainees;
  10. Deny the use of private prisons for immigration detentions and deportations;
  11. Limit spending on border patrol and ICE agencies; and
  12. Require Border Patrol to comply with the same 4th Amendment search and seizure laws as other law enforcement agencies