Trump and Congress Must Address All Aspects of Immigration

Communications Associate

February 28, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. — In his speech before a joint session of Congress tonight, President Trump discussed his administration’s enforcement and other immigration measures.

Trump’s statements come as a new McClatchy-Marist poll indicates that 72 percent of Trump supporters think immigrants residing in the country without proper documentation should have an opportunity to earn citizenship.

The following is a statement by Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum:

“President Trump missed an opportunity to convey a vision of how America prospers from the contributions of immigrants.

“It’s good to see signs of interest in legal immigration reforms. But an enforcement-heavy approach and lack of attention to legalization leaves many questions unanswered.

“National security and public safety depends on intelligence services and local law enforcement having the trust of all in the community, including immigrants and refugees. An enforcement-centric approach undermines this work and makes us less safe.

“The reality is that our economy needs the skilled farmworker as much as the skilled engineer. Both bring incredible benefits to the economy. But a merit-based immigration system on its own ignores the importance of family and keeping families together.

“From the administration and from Congress, we need a constructive way forward that aligns with our nation’s values.

“Immigration reform is in the interest of all Americans. The GOP will get full and fair credit for making it happen, and the ball is in their court.”