Congress, Not the White House, Needs to Set Immigration Policy

October 9, 2017

Washington, D.C. – In last night’s letter to Congress, President Trump outlined his new demands that any immigration reform bill must meet in order to receive his seal of approval. In response, Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum issued the following statement:

“Let’s be clear: it is Congress’ job to write and pass policy and the president’s job to sign it into law — not the other way around. The White House is jeopardizing the real progress that moderate and center-right Republicans and their colleagues across the aisle have already made toward crafting an immigration reform policy that can pass Congress and protect Dreamers and the country’s economy.

“Congress is in control. They should continue their work, ignore the noise, and remain resolute in their efforts to craft a solution that can pass with bipartisan support and the support of the law enforcement, faith and business communities as well as immigration advocates all over the spectrum.