This month, the House and Senate took critical steps toward creating a path to citizenship for millions of aspiring Americans through budget reconciliation. The steady drumbeat toward reconciliation faded into the background, however, as a devastating earthquake struck Haiti and the Taliban toppled the Afghan government. Meanwhile, the Supreme Court denied the administration’s request to halt a shocking lower court decision that requires DHS to reinstate the legally dubious and inhumane Remain in Mexico program. At the southern border, migrants continue to arrive and face slim chances of relief. …


A federal judge in Texas struck down the DACA program, another dire twist in the fate of a program that has provided so much hope and opportunity to so many. The decision throws hundreds of thousands of aspiring Americans into legal limbo once again and intensifies the pressure on Congress to pass a budget resolution that includes a path to citizenship for Dreamers, TPS holders, farmworkers, and other essential workers. Meanwhile, the Biden administration implements a narrow rule on expedited removal for some families and maintains Title 42 as the Delta variant spurs new coronavirus outbreaks across the country. As…


Congress is moving to include a path to citizenship for major subsets of the immigrant population in the jobs and human infrastructure package. Democratic leadership expects to enact this package through the budget reconciliation process, which will require only a simple majority vote to pass the Senate. Months of bipartisan talks on legalization legislation have failed to yield a viable compromise despite overwhelming public support for these measures across parties; budget reconciliation will almost certainly be the only legislative option for making overdue progress on these issues. …


Migration, at its core, is the result of millions of people making the decision to stay or to go. Each decision is deeply personal. It changes lives and rewrites futures. But when many people reach the same, often gut-wrenching decision to leave their ancestral homes and move across borders in high numbers, they are described as a “wave” or a “surge” — en masse, their humanity is obscured. By flattening every individual experience into one larger phenomenon, we lose sight of the complexity of each story.

Right now, thousands of Central American families are being forced to choose between staying…


Today marks the start of immigrant heritage month, a fitting time to accelerate our advocacy in support of a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants.

Bipartisan negotiations on the Dream & Promise Act, the Farm Workforce Modernization Act, and border legislation continued throughout May. While we actively support this effort, signals from GOP negotiators leave us skeptical that the deliberations will produce a bill that can clear a 60-vote threshold. As a result, we have also been aggressively positioning these measures for passage in the next budget reconciliation package (which bypasses the filibuster and requires only a simple majority vote).


In an extraordinary address to Congress laying out a blueprint for transformative social and economic reforms, President Biden again leaned in to overhauling our immigration system — and centering a path to citizenship in those efforts. Putting the weight of his presidency behind the imperative, Biden’s refrain was music to our ears: “Immigration has always been essential to America. Let’s end our exhausting war over immigration. For more than 30 years, politicians have talked about immigration reform and done nothing about it. It’s time to fix it.”

Biden’s address came just days before the May 1 launch of the We…


March 2021

The Biden Administration faced intense pressure this month as more unaccompanied minors sought refuge at the southern border and media coverage sensationalized the situation. Meanwhile, Judge Hanen held a long-anticipated DACA hearing and legalization bills that offer a path to citizenship to subsets of the immigrant population are moving through Congress. Here’s what you need to know as we move into April.


February 2021

This month, Biden’s landmark immigration bill was introduced in Congress, Alejandro Mayorkas was confirmed as DHS Secretary, a wave of agency and executive actions began to undo the harms brought on by the Trump Administration, and the process of rebuilding a system that has been broken for decades began in earnest. While the first full month of the Biden-Harris Administration made clear that immigration reform is and will remain a top priority, it also underscored that repairing systemic dysfunction will take focus, time, and patience. ICE leadership continues to resist the transformation of the agency and Republican elected…


What a month! We bore witness to a violent insurgency on the Capitol, a second impeachment, and the historic inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice-President Kamala Harris. President Trump impeded the transition, snubbed the inauguration, and left his successor with an array of crises. On immigration, Trump attempted to finalize a number of last-ditch policies, cementing his legacy as the most anti-immigrant president in modern times. But starting on January 20, the immigration initiatives emerging from the White House radically changed course: as promised, President Biden immediately sent an immigration bill that includes a path to citizenship for the…


In the final days of 2020, there is reason for hope: the end of both the pandemic and the Trump presidency are in sight. But while this grueling year is ending, its crises are not. For immigrants and immigration, the damage can be measured in both restrictive policies — of which there are nearly 1,000 over the last four years — and in the people who were denied the opportunity to migrate. We are confident that the Biden Administration will work towards undoing the harm and rebuilding our immigration system, but that change will come gradually. …

Marshall Fitz

Managing Director of Immigration at the Emerson Collective. Advocate for humanity, sports junky, 1/2-assed Buddhist, proud papa and spouse. Views obv my own.

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