Why It Matters
All people should receive fair treatment under the law, and the US must encourage immigrant participation in our democracy.
What We're Doing
We support federal immigration laws that provide efficient, expeditious systems for immigrants to enter the United States.
Congress must take immediate action to pass common-sense, fair immigration policies that end the crisis at our border, stop the separation of families, and provide a path to citizenship.
Supporting a Path to Citizenship
Diverse voices enhance our democracy. The League believes that a path to citizenship, or provisions for unauthorized immigrants already living in the US to earn legal status, will strengthen our nation.
We have lobbied both the House and Senate for a path to citizenship. We've also lobbied to support the DREAM Act, critical legislation enabling immigrant youth to become fully productive members of American society.
Helping New Americans Become Active Participants in Our Democracy
Voter education and voter registration are the foundation of the League’s work.
The strongest democracy is one in which the voices of all participants are heard. As such, the League is committed to helping new citizens become active in American political life. We do this by providing civic education and registering tens of thousands of new voters at naturalization ceremonies in communities nationwide.
The League signed onto a letter to the President urging him to direct the Administration to finalize the proposed rule to allow recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program to enroll in health insurance through the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and Medicaid.
The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program protects certain people who immigrated to the United States as children from being deported. Since the program began in 2012, DACA has allowed more than 800,000 people to remain in the US, where they attend school, work, and raise their families as vital members of our communities.
LWVUS submitted public comment to the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on the proposed rule to adjust certain immigration and naturalization benefit request fees. The League opposed increases in immigration application fees, articulating the impact it will have on immigrants' ability to reunite and stay with family members abroad, live and work permanently in the US, and attain US citizenship.
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