Beyond resistance: Advancing a thoughtful & compassionate approach to immigration reform

August 4, 2017

Dear Friends,

It is the seventh day of my email series, “Beyond Resistance: The things we should do to make us safer, healthier, and more economically secure.” Today’s topic: immigration reform.

I’ve long supported a more rational, compassionate approach to immigration, including:

  • Comprehensively reforming our immigration system: We need comprehensive immigration reform that addresses the 11.3 million people currently living in the United States without documentation, providing them a clear path to citizenship. This is something that three-quarters of all Americans support, for undocumented residents who are law-abiding, tax-paying, and already part of the fabric of American life.


  • Keeping our commitment to DREAMers: Because of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), more than 750,000 undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children were protected from deportation and able to work for a specified period of time. I have personally met many of these DREAMers, and they are some of the most determined, brave, and inspiring people I’ve ever known. They put their faith in us by registering for this program. We need to keep our commitment to them.    Immigrants have always added to the diversity, character, and economic vitality of our communities. This diversity is what makes our country great. A compassionate and thoughtful approach to immigration reform is long overdue. I will continue working to make such reform a reality.

I welcome your thoughts, ideas, and opinions. You can connect with me here.

Earl Blumenauer
Member of Congress