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. …


This month, America ended the reign of terror on immigrants. Despite President Trump’s refusal to formally concede, the results are clear: 2021 will usher in new leadership and, hopefully, a new immigration system. President-elect Biden promises to send an immigration bill to Congress that includes a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants on day one. …


As the election gets closer, the divide between candidates has never been greater — for the future of immigration, the choice could not be clearer. Although immigration hasn’t dominated the election cycle like it did in 2016, the issue has been central to Trump’s governing agenda: the Trump administration has enacted more than 1,000 restrictive immigration policies over the past four years. And at the final debate, the candidates’ starkly divergent visions for immigration policy took center stage.

Biden committed to delivering a legislative path to citizenship and prioritizing Dreamers in that effort; he expressed remorse for the Obama Administration’s…


This is the fifth in a five-part series examining how our failure to acknowledge and accommodate 11 million undocumented Americans has far-reaching consequences — for an expensive and counterproductive enforcement regime, a fragile and unequal economy, the future and potential of young immigrants, a straining healthcare system, and our tenuous democracy.

See the full series link here.

Artwork by Kate Deciccio. Courtesy of Amplifier.

Part 5: What Happens When Graduation is a Dead End

Without DACA or a pathway to citizenship, hundreds of thousands of young undocumented people cannot realize their full potential — to our collective detriment.

First generation immigrant families have always faced unique obstacles to fully realizing their educational potential, including language barriers, economic…


This is the fourth in a five-part series examining how our failure to acknowledge and accommodate 11 million undocumented Americans has far-reaching consequences — for an expensive and counterproductive enforcement regime, a fragile and unequal economy, the future and potential of young immigrants, a straining healthcare system, and our tenuous democracy.

See the full series link here.

Artwork by Tracy Piper. Courtesy of Immigrants Are Essential.

Part 4: Undocumented and Uninsured

Healthcare in the United States has largely been treated as a privilege reserved for citizens who could afford it; in most states, undocumented immigrants are unilaterally excluded. But individual exclusion has a collective cost.

More than a decade ago, Rep. Joe Wilson infamously…


This is the third in a five-part series examining how our failure to acknowledge and accommodate 11 million undocumented Americans has far-reaching consequences — for an expensive and counterproductive enforcement regime, a fragile and unequal economy, the future and potential of young immigrants, a straining healthcare system, and our tenuous democracy.

See the full series link here.

Photograph taken by Arlene Mejorado and illustrated by Shepard Fairey. Courtesy of Amplifier.

Part 3: Scapegoating Undocumented Immigrants Threatens Our Democracy

Justifying voter suppression by falsely claiming that undocumented immigrants commit voter fraud disenfranchises citizens of color; unconstitutional efforts to depress immigrants’ participation in the census undercounts entire communities.

Republican opposition to creating a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants serves dual political objectives…

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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