Since our nation’s founding immigrants have been arriving on our shores in pursuit of the limitless hope and promise that is the American Dream. Immigrants, from every corner of the globe, brought with them the new ideas and relentless work ethic that helped shape our society and lay the foundation on which this great nation is built. Throughout each chapter of our nation’s history, the positive influence and impact of immigrants can be seen and felt.
For generations, America was viewed as a beacon of hope and opportunity for immigrants and so many people around the world. However, alarmingly, the reality today is much different. Our nation’s immigration policies have fallen prey to the misguided political whims of Washington politicians who are content to allow immigration reform to remain a political hot-potato. For too long leaders in Congress have lacked the courage and commitment needed to advance a truly comprehensive solution to our nations immigration troubles.
In the State Assembly, Joe Morelle has been a champion of immigration reform and has fought tirelessly to protect and empower our immigrant population. He proudly co-sponsored the DREAM Act in New York State (A9605A) and supported the creation of the first-in-the-nation Liberty Defense Project to ensure that all immigrants, regardless of status, have access to high-quality legal counsel. In addition, Joe helped pass the New York State Liberty Act to make New York a “sanctuary” state and protect undocumented individuals from being detained without a warrant (2017-18 NYS Budget).
There is no question that our immigration system is broken and that we need to immediately implement new policies that are fair, practical, and tough when appropriate. That is why in Congress Joe will fight to create a pathway to citizenship for law-abiding immigrant families - so that they can come out of the shadows and earn their citizenship. Joe will stand up to Donald Trump’s hateful rhetoric and fight back against divisive policies that threaten immigrants and their families. Joe believes that immigrants deserve to live as valued members of society, contributing to the economic well-being and strengthening the cultural diversity of our nation. Through thoughtful and fair reforms, we can author the next great chapter in American’s immigrant story.
In Congress, Joe Morelle is committed to taking the following actions:
Support the immediate elimination of immigrant family separation and detention and programs;
Create a path to citizenship for law-abiding undocumented immigrants;
Fight to protect Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA);
Fight to reinstate Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA);
Support the DREAM Act, which grants a pathway to citizenship for undocumented children;
Supporting humane border control measures and oppose Donald Trump’s attempts to build a border wall;
Support legislative actions that establish clear lines of separation between immigration enforcement and local and state law enforcement.