Immigration policy is not just about how we treat others; it has direct implications for Americans.

Done well, immigration policy reform can protect family values, strengthen national security, reduce unemployment, spur innovation, stimulate competition, increase public safety, enhance the U.S. economy, reinforce international relations, and help those most in need.

Evidence consistently shows that innovation and entrepreneurship are good for America. Supporting legal immigration is fundamental to our success as a nation; and our humanitarian policies are a cornerstone of our nation. But, perhaps most importantly, we believe that with very few exceptions, the immigrants coming to America do so for the right reasons, and we benefit by welcoming them.

To advance these goals, our team is focused on four areas of opportunity for immigration policy reform in the U.S.:

  1. Encouraging the involvement of Americans in refugee sponsorship and resettlement and reforming our asylum system to expand capacity and enhance processing.

  2. Creating and enhancing opportunities for innovation and frontier growth in America through legalization, a pathway to citizenship for Dreamers, and reformed options to work in the U.S.

  3. Enhancing domestic and international security and diplomacy through soft power and national security pathways.

  4. Repairing our immigration adjudication system by creating independent courts and reforming the criminalization and prosecution of immigrants in the states.

We can no longer allow our lawmakers to hide behind the veil of paralysis when it comes to immigration policy reform. In the marked absence of Congressional action, administrations have filled the legislative void left gaping by Democratic and Republican lawmakers alike. What is left in the wake of disparate administrations are unpredictable policies that disrupt businesses, families, and government, and fuel global anxiety. Instead, we must be bold in our efforts to redefine U.S. immigration policy reform. It is pivotal that we refuse to accept the status quo as “good enough.” We can—and should—demand better policy.

Our Experts

Cecilia Esterline
Immigration Research Analyst
Gil Guerra
Immigration Policy Analyst
Idean Salehyan
Senior Fellow
Kristie De Peña
Senior Vice President for Policy and Director of Immigration Policy
Linda Chavez
Senior Fellow
Lindsey Warburton
Government Affairs Manager, Immigration
Matthew La Corte
Deputy Director of Immigration

Adjunct Fellows

Tahmina Watson
Watson Immigration Law

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