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That’s why we need to modernize America’s outdated, ineffective immigration system.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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Why LIBRE supports the Bipartisan Border Solutions Act

Smart, bipartisan legislation can help at the U.S. border. But will Congress act?

Congressional action on immigration and the border continues to rank among Americans’ top priorities. But despite the legitimate concerns of millions, Congress has been slow to act. The staff and volunteers at The LIBRE Initiative have worked to make sure the Latino community is informed about legislation that could come up, and to relay feedback … Read More

The LIBRE Initiative – Texas Renews Call for Immigration Solution as Border Number Crossings Rise

The LIBRE Initiative – Texas Renews Call for Immigration Solution as Border Number Crossings Rise             Hispanic Advocacy Group Supports the Bipartisan Border Solutions Act (McAllen, Texas) – Today, the Texas chapter of The LIBRE Initiative, an organization committed to empowering the Hispanic community, reiterated its support for a permanent legislative solution to improve our country’s immigration … Read More
Why LIBRE supports the Bipartisan Border Solutions Act

A bipartisan border solution that’s good for New Mexico

Improving the challenging situation on the border requires long-term thinking and a bipartisan legislative solution. Ruben Guajardo, community engagement director for The LIBRE Initiative-New Mexico, urges Congress to act now in an op-ed in the Las Cruces Sun-News. The Bipartisan Border Solutions Act would create regional processing centers to better handle the influx of migrants in high-traffic sectors, Guajardo … Read More

ICYMI: Univisión: David Casas: “Immigration reform will come from an effort of the people”

The border situation must be addressed with bipartisan collaboration (ATLANTA, GA) – Univision Atlanta invited David Casas, spokesperson for The LIBRE Initiative-Georgia, to analyze former president Donald Trump’s visit to the southern border. In the interview Casas highlighted that our immigration system has not seen major reform passed since the Bush administration. He attributed our … Read More
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How this immigrant success is giving back to the country he loves

America has a longstanding tradition of providing shelter and refuge to those fleeing oppression around the world. Whether it was political dissidents during the Cold War, religious minorities in the modern era, or other groups throughout our history, the U.S. has been a beacon of hope for the persecuted. Still today, this American tradition gives … Read More

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