“It’s clear that our current immigration system is badly broken and in desperate need of reform. Congress must turn its attention to the millions of undocumented immigrants currently in the United States and enact reforms that will help them come out of the shadows and follow a clear pathway to citizenship. We must always approach the issue of immigration with a sense of urgency, a spirit of compassion, and a commitment to security.”
– Rep. Adam Schiff
America is a nation founded by, built, and made better by immigrants. For generations, we have relied on their ingenuity and hard work to make the United States a more prosperous and culturally rich country. Throughout his time in Congress, Adam has been proud to support legislation that reflects these values, including creating a fair and meaningful pathway to citizenship for those who are undocumented and reuniting families that have been divided for far too long.
Reforming Our Immigration System
Adam believes that our current immigration system needs comprehensive reform – anything short of that is not enough. After four long years of immigration policies characterized by abject cruelty, the Biden administration announced a new path forward by reforming and modernizing our immigration system, so it once again reflects our values as a nation that welcomes immigrants. Adam believes it is critical that the millions of hardworking, undocumented immigrants in the United States are afforded a reasonable pathway to citizenship.
Adam is proud to support efforts to enact comprehensive immigration legislation, including the U.S. Citizenship Act. This bicameral legislation, which Adam joined with his Democratic colleagues in the House to help introduce as an original co-sponsor, would create a roadmap to citizenship for 11 million undocumented immigrants, including Dreamers, TPS holders, and some farmworkers. This legislation would also institute critical reforms to improve the family-based and employment-based immigration systems. Without comprehensive, bipartisan cooperation to address our broken immigration system, Adam believes that Democrats should include a pathway to citizenship in Democrats’ budget framework.
Adam strongly supports a permanent solution to the deferred action program that authorizes a non-U.S. citizen who entered the U.S. before the age of sixteen to remain in the U.S. For many recipients of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), also known as DREAMers, America is the only home they’ve ever known, and Adam has worked with his colleagues in Congress to ensure that DREAMers don’t face deportation or harassment. To that end, he is also an original cosponsor to the Dream and Promise Act which would allow DREAMers, Temporary Protected Status recipients, and Deferred Enforced Departure recipients to contribute fully to the country they call home by providing relief from the threat of deportation and a real pathway to citizenship.