National Immigration Forum

Practical Solutions for Immigrants and America


Solution to Deportations Requires a Vote on Immigration Reform

April 07, 2014

Broken Policies, Politics Put America Between a Rock and a Hard Place

— On Sunday, Jeb Bush spoke about the importance of family unity and the effect our outdated immigration policies have on families. And this morning, the New York Times published an in-depth analysis on deportations in the past few years.

Bush’s comments and the deportation data both underscore the destabilizing effects our broken immigration system has on families, communities and our nation as a whole — effects that are leading moderate and conservative leaders across the country to call for a vote on immigration reform this Congress.

Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum, made the following statement regarding the path forward on reform:

“With a broken immigration system, America is between a rock and a hard place. We have an unprecedented, unfocused enforcement system on one end and a recalcitrant, reactionary Congress on the other. As a result, families are separated, the economy is undermined and communities across America are destabilized. Now is the time for Republicans and Democrats to put policy above politics and vote on reform.

“There’s no question that law enforcement is part of the conversation on reform, but we cannot enforce our way to a solution. The only way we enforce our borders and address the alarming effects of deportations at the same time is through congressional action. It’s absolutely imperative that Congress find the middle ground.”

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