True Immigration Reform 

True Immigration Reform

TRUE Immigration Reform:

A Policy that Serves the Interests of the American People

House Republicans have released their guiding principles for immigration reform. Unfortunately, they directly address the interests of corporate donors and illegal aliens while ignoring the needs of Americans. 

At the Federation for American Immigration Reform, we are disappointed that once again our major political parties intend on extending amnesty to illegal aliens instead of focusing on struggling Americans. 

It's time to take back immigration for Americans. Protecting the interests of Americans is the reason our immigration laws exist. Excessive immigration harms American workers, taxpayers, and our most vulnerable citizens. That's why we have to set and enforce limits. 

Download a 1-page version of the TRUE Immigration Reform principles.

Here is what TRUE immigration reform looks like:

• No more amnesties

We can create clever euphemisms, but the only people we will be fooling are ourselves. Any policy that legalizes illegal aliens is amnesty and will lead to even more illegal immigration. This includes any "pathways to citizenship" or legalization programs that grant green cards or work visas.

Why Amnesty Isn't the Solution

Amnesty Talking Points (PDF)

VIDEO: The 1986 Debate Revisited

VIDEO: Sen. Grassley Shares Lessons from 1986

What Americans Need to Understand about 'Comprehensive Immigration Reform'

• Secure our borders

The last time our government measured border security, only 13 percent of our borders are under "operational control." That is simply unacceptable. To get the job done, we must use all the tools at our disposal. We must put more boots on the ground, add infrastructure — such as fencing — and implement proven technology to reduce the flow of illegal aliens across the border.  

Why Should You Oppose the House Border Bill?  (PDF)

Comparison of House and Senate Border Bills (PDF)

U.S.-Mexico Border Fence and Patrol Operations

• End visa overstays

Approximately 30-40 percent of illegal aliens are aliens who entered the U.S. legally, but overstayed their visas. To end this practice, we must add Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents and finally implement a biometric entry-exit system at all ports of entry, a system already required by law.

Issue Brief: Visa Overstayers

Identity and Immigration Status of 9/11 Terrorists

House Biometric Bill Delays Implementation of Current Law (PDF)

• Stop the hiring of illegal workers

Unless we remove the incentives to enter the U.S. illegally, we will not stop illegal immigration. We must eliminate the jobs magnet by requiring all employers use E-Verify and demand rigorous worksite enforcement that holds both employers and illegal workers accountable.

Background on E-Verify

Issue Brief: Illegal Aliens Taking U.S. Jobs

States with Laws or Executive Orders Requiring E-Verify (PDF)

• Robustly and uniformly enforce our immigration laws

Policies that direct law enforcement to ignore violations of our laws undermine the rule of law and are inherently unjust to law-abiding legal immigrants. We must enforce our existing immigration laws, eliminate fraud throughout the system, and prohibit the adoption of policies by state or local governments that encourage illegal immigration or provide benefits to illegal aliens. Enforcement doesn't require mass deportation.  If we enforce our laws and remove the incentives to remain here, many illegal aliens will go home on their own.

Illegal Aliens Leaving Arizona in Response to Enforcement

Senate Immigration Bill Falls Far Short on Enforcement

Issue Brief: Local Immigration Enforcement

President Obama's Record of Dismantling Immigration Enforcement

• Implement a merit-based immigration system

Our immigration system should choose immigrants based on an objective assessment of who is most likely to benefit the economic and social interests of our nation.

Immigration, Poverty and Low-Wage Earners

Out of the Shadows: Shining a Light on Immigration and the Plight of the American Worker

Immigration: Fueling U.S. Income Inequality

• End family chain migration

Family-based immigration must be limited to spouses and unmarried minor children. Entitlements for extended family migration lead to an immigration system that is not based on merit, runs on autopilot and fosters exponential growth in immigration.

Senate Amnesty Bill Adds 34 Million Workers

• Support the American worker

American workers are the best and most productive in the world. They are eager to work. What they need is the opportunity to compete for jobs at fair wages, not unfair competition created by massive guest worker programs. In addition, just because we could benefit from some skilled immigration doesn’t mean we should rubber stamp visas for every applicant with certain skills. We should develop and encourage our own STEM professionals, not discourage them by flooding the labor market.

Guest Worker Talking Points (PDF)

Myth vs. Fact: No Shortage of High-Skilled Workers

American Workers Ask: What's in it for me?

• Limit overall immigration

We are a nation of over 315 million people. We need to consider how much we want to grow and how that growth will affect jobs, our environment, resources and quality of life in America.

Issue Brief: Rising Immigrant Admissions to the U.S.

The Environmentalist's Guide to a Sensible Immigration Policy

A Change of Plans: Rethinking Rapid Growth in a Finite World

Act now and demand that your lawmakers support TRUE immigration reform!