WASHINGTON, D.C. — The following is a joint statement from the nearly 40 members of the Alliance for a New Immigration Consensus (ANIC), a diverse group of faith, business, agriculture, education, national security, and advocacy organizations, following conclusion of committee action on border-focused bills in the House and the Biden administration’s announcement today of measures to manage migration:
“America’s obsolete immigration policy is fueling the dire situation at the southern border and failing on every level to meet the challenges posed by today’s migration patterns. Immigration has long been used as a political weapon by both parties, with lawmakers in Washington prioritizing rhetoric over solutions. The humanitarian and security challenges we are facing, including imminent changes to our southern border policies, require real solutions. We strongly urge Democrats and Republicans in Congress to come together to construct these solutions.
“The expected end of Title 42 in just 14 days will likely exacerbate the increased levels of migration we know our nation is ill-equipped to respond to. At this critical moment, we implore President Biden to surge sufficient resources to the border by formally requesting new emergency funds, and we urge Congress to provide those funds quickly and without contentious policy riders. These funds would help ensure sufficient personnel, improvement to facilities, and support for local communities to prevent a humanitarian and security crisis.
“As representatives of a diverse group of faith, business, education, national security, and agricultural organizations, we recognize the immense challenges facing our country. Continuing to fail to act on immigration is no longer an option. Our leaders’ inaction is failing our national security, our economy, and our communities.”
About the Alliance for a New Immigration Consensus
The Alliance for a New Immigration Consensus (ANIC) is a public coalition of faith, business, agriculture, education, national security and advocacy organizations working to build support for bipartisan legislative solutions that strengthen border security as well as provide permanent legal protections and other reforms for Dreamers, TPS recipients and agricultural workers. To learn more about ANIC’s efforts, visit www.anic.co.