***For Immediate Release***
Friday, May 17, 2019
Contact: Magdalena Cazarez
Cell: (402) 504-0074
Family-based and humanitarian immigration strengthen our communities
Keeping families separated undermines our American values
LINCOLN – Yesterday, the Administration gave a speech at the Rose Garden about changing the current immigration system. His message included cutting the number of family-based and humanitarian visas in exchange for a “class-based” immigration system, without addressing a permanent solution for longtime U.S. residents such as Dreamers, Temporary Protected Status families, or undocumented community members. Nebraska Appleseed’s Immigrants & Communities Program Director, Darcy Tromanhauser, issued the following statement in response:
We need immigration policies that provide broad solutions: creating a process for longtime residents like Dreamers and Temporary Protected Status families who contribute so much to local communities, keeping family immigration that is a core strength of our country at the center of our immigration laws, and shifting to good border governance – rather than myopic enforcement – that is more effective, humane, and in the best interests of our country.
Unfortunately, the president’s speech does not constitute a plan and does not appear to address these key factors to help move us forward.
Read more about:
- The history and value of our family-based immigration system from American Immigration Council, Interfaith Immigration, and Define American
- Good border governance
- Our need for workers across sectors