Great things are possible when immigrants and non-immigrants have the freedom and opportunity to work together to build our nation and expand prosperity for all.  

That’s why we need to modernize America’s outdated, ineffective immigration system. Our nation’s future is brighter with more people here and contributing to it.  

Many of these people are fleeing untenable conditions in their countries of origin to build a better life in the U.S.  

A clear legal immigration process would make it easier for them and their children to join communities, find jobs, enroll in schools, and fully embrace the American Dream. 

Imagine what America would look like if these immigrants were able to plan for their futures, develop their talents, work, study, join in public service, and partake in other avenues that enable them to realize their potential.  

Creating the streamlined immigration process that would make this possible involves:  

  • Creating a permanent solution for DreamersPeople deserve certainty and the ability to plan their lives. Yet Congress has taken more than 20 years to address this ongoing issue with a permanent legislative solution for Dreamers and those with Temporary Protective Status (TPS). We need a law that provides such certainty, including permanent status for Dreamers and TPS recipients, many of whom have lived in the U.S. for over two decades and have been contributors to our communities, and our nation’s fabric.   
  • Modernizing the visa processOur immigration system is complex and inefficient, built on laws that have not been updated in decadesWe need solutions that streamline and increase access to legal immigration channels, strengthen security, accountability, and transparency, and ensure laws are clear, just, and applied equally. 
  • Addressing the undocumented populationToday’s immigration system keeps too many decent, industrious people from fully participating in the American experience. For those who want nothing more than to build a better future and contribute to our society, a permanent legislative solution is needed. We support a system that recognizes contributing members among the undocumented population, affording individuals an opportunity to come out of the shadows and get right with the law. 
  • Updating and enhancing border security and interior enforcementWe should know exactly who is coming in and out of our country. Border security efforts should focus on efficiently and effectively defending us from those who wish to do harm. Similarly, interior enforcement should prioritize resources to their most important use—maximizing safety and security—by prioritizing efforts towards removing those who present clear threats to safety. A more secure border will be achieved once we provide better and more accessible options for immigrants to enter legally, reducing a major incentive for coming here outside of our laws. Congress should enact solutions to modernize ports of entry, fortify infrastructure, enhance technological capabilities, and expand the use of alternatives to detention. 

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ICYMI: Univision Interviews The LIBRE Initiative Regarding The Anniversary of DACA

Dreamers are key contributors to the U.S. yet still face uncertainty (ALBUQUERQUE, NM) –  Univision Noticias Ya published an interview with Ruben Guajardo, Community Engagement Director for The LIBRE Initiative-New Mexico, regarding the 9th anniversary of the DACA program. Read the full interview here. Below are some excerpts from the interview:  La incertidumbre en cuanto … Read More
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ICYMI: The Holland Sentinel Runs LIBRE Op-ed: My Take: Congress Should Take Up Bipartisan Border Solutions Act

Op-ed highlights immigrants as key contributors to Michigan’s economy (GRAND RAPIDS, MI) –  This week The Holland Sentinel published an op-ed penned by Marge Bermann, The LIBRE Initiative-Michigan’s Community Engagement Director. The op-ed uncovers the push and pull factors that cause reoccurring surges at our southern border, points to outdated immigration laws and calls on … Read More

A better immigration system is better for Michigan

Michigan and the nation benefit from immigration. As Marge Bermann, community engagement director for The LIBRE Initiative-Michigan, points out in a new op-ed in the Holland Sentinel, immigrants pay nearly $8 billion in taxes and contribute more than $20 billion in spending power. But immigration is about more than mere numbers. We’re now seeing new surges … Read More
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The LIBRE Initiative – Texas to Host Forum on Immigration with Daniel Garza and Congressman Tony Gonzales

(El Paso, TX) – Today, The LIBRE Initiative – Texas, an organization committed to empowering the Hispanic community, announced plans to host a policy forum with Daniel Garza, president of The LIBRE Initiative and Congressman Tony Gonzales to discuss the need to immediately improve our country’s immigration system. Recently, Rep. Gonzales introduced The Bipartisan Border … Read More

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