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Immigration policies should promote reunification of immediate families; meet economic, business and employment needs; and be responsive to those facing political persecution or humanitarian crises. 


Why it matters

All persons should receive fair treatment under the law and it is critical for the U.S. to encourage immigrant participation in our democracy. 

What we're doing

We support a federal immigration law that provides an efficient, expeditious system for legal entry of immigrants into the United States including the DREAM ACT. We support policies to improve economies, education, job opportunities and living conditions in nations with large emigrating populations. We support provisions for unauthorized immigrants already in the country to earn legal status. We support federal payments to impacted communities to address the financial costs borne by states and local governments with large immigrant populations. 

Immigration In Depth

It struck me that the League doesn’t just ask others, like Congress to pass Comprehensive Immigration Reform or the Supreme Court to continue to protect voting rights, we foster civic life and democracy through the very way we operate.

The League sent a letter to the U.S. House on May 16, 2013 regarding immigration reform and citizenship in a Democracy.

As the Senate Judiciary Committee takes steps to tackle immigration reform, we must urge our Senators to allow immigrants to contribute to the U.S. economy and society by providing a clear pathway to citizenship.

The League sent a letter to the U.S. Senate on April 18, 2013 regarding immigration reform and citizenship in a Democracy.

In last night’s State of the Union (SOTU) address, President Obama addressed many crucial issues affecting our country. His remarks touched on some of the League’s priority issues including voting rights, climate change, immigration and gun violence.

This background paper was produced as part of the League's two-year (2006-2008) study of Immigration aimed at helping communities understand the implications of immigration at the local, state, and federal level. At the bottom of each paper is a link to a downloadable PDF version. "....The United States is often called a nation of immigrants. And it is. The quotation above expresses the diversity of immigrants and those of immigrant stock, and the vitality this diversity contributes to America. Certainly, new arrivals have a different perspective of immigration from those who have been here a while and those whose roots in America go a long way back. For recent arrivals, the immigration experience is immediate and still in process. For Native Americans, the impact of immigration goes back a long way and frequently continues to have a personal resonance. For those whose immigrant status dates back as recently as their parents’ or grandparents’ arrival in this country or more than 400 years when their ancestors arrived, immigration is a more distant event. ..."