Throughout our country's history, immigrants have contributed immensely to our culture, our economy, our defense and our national pride. Almost all citizens of the United States are immigrants or the descendants of immigrants and each new generation of immigrants has reinvigorated our nation with the values and work ethic that has made America great. Our common experience has demonstrated that immigration is good for America, whether your ancestors arrived before the Declaration of Independence or just a generation ago. LULAC calls upon Congress and the President to embrace and uphold America’s tradition as a nation of immigrants and pass comprehensive immigration reform (CIR) that allows hard working immigrants and their families to become permanent legal residents of the United States.
LULAC’s principles for immigration reform include:
Legislation that allows for the adjustment to a lawful status for immigrants of good moral character and with a realistic pathway to citizenship
Legislation that supports, strengthens and reunites families
Provisions that will address future immigration flow to meet our country’s needs for both high and low skilled labors while ensuring strong worker protections
The passage of legislation that provides agricultural and dairy employers with a stable, lawful labor force
A DREAMer provision that allows undocumented immigrant children who have completed high school and are of good moral character, to serve in the U.S. military or be admitted to colleges and universities as residents and eligible for in-state tuition, and with a pathway to citizenship after military service is complete or graduation from their college or university