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Deportation-Only Approach to Immigration is Not the Solution

(Arlington, VA) – The president has indicated that the Department of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) will soon initiate the removal of “millions” of aliens currently in the United States without legal authorization.


Daniel Garza, President of The LIBRE Initiative, released the following statement:

“The president has a duty to enforce the nation’s immigration laws. But mass-deportation is not the answer. History has shown that the execution of an enforcement-only approach will not solve our nation’s immigration challenges. Furthermore, mass-deportation has unintended consequences that can be disruptive to communities, impacting many more than the immigrants – as many of these individuals are contributing members of society. For years the enforcement budget has consistently grown, but the pressure driving unlawful immigration just continues to grow as well.


“The president and leaders in Congress have both put forward proposals to reform the current system. But instead of beginning to discuss and debate the reforms that both sides can accept and enact, they have decided to step back and accept the status quo. We need Congress and the White House to set aside political considerations, and work to address the underlying issues with our immigration system. By reforming the procedures and practices around asylum, making lawful immigration more flexible and responsive to our economy, we can reduce these pressures and improve the situation at and near our borders.”


For interviews with a representative from The LIBRE Initiative, please contact Brian Faughnan, 202-805-1581 or Wadi Gaitan, 202-853-4433