We Are Home Policy Priorities

We Are Homeis a nationwide campaign fighting to ensure that “we the people” includes all of us​. Our mission is to transform America’s inhumane immigration system. We must undo the damage of the last four years and build a new immigration system that is fair, humane, functional, and centered in racial justice, and respects all people, regardless of race, religion, or birthplace. And we must immediately enact legislation that creates a roadmap to citizenship for every immigrant who calls this country home.

We Are Home ​is led by national organizations and networks including Community Change/Action, United We Dream, National Domestic Workers Alliance, Service Employees International Union (SEIU), United Farm Workers (UFW), America’s Voice, Detention Watch Network, LA RED/Faith in Action, Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM)-Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA), CASA, Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, Make the Road NY, FWD.us, Immigration Hub, Mijente, National Korean American Service and Education Consortium (NAKASEC), National Immigration Law Center (NILC), UndocuBlack, UnidosUS and UNITEHERE.

Alongside more than fifty partner organizations, ​We Are Home ​represents millions of people across the country.

We Are Home​ has three major policy goals:

Roadmap to citizenship:​ ​Millions of undocumented immigrants live, work, and contribute to our country. Congress must enact legislation that creates a roadmap to citizenship in 2021 with: 

  • Immediate passage of bills to establish citizenship for immigrant youth, TPS holders and farmworkers.
  • Inclusion of a pathway to citizenship for five million essential workers who have risked their lives to provide essential services through the pandemic, as well as Dreamers and TPS holders in Covid rescue and relief packages via reconciliation.
  • Support for the U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021 which provides a path to citizenship for everyone, reunifies families, promotes integration, welcomes asylum seekers and refugees and addresses the root causes of migration, as our ultimate goal.

Moratorium and overhaul of interior enforcement via executive action: ​Reversing the dysfunction and brutality of the enforcement system, which tears families apart and disproportionately harms Black and Brown immigrants, must be a central priority for the Biden Administration. The Administration should make major cuts to detention by releasing people and permanently closing facilities, conduct a comprehensive docket review to close hundreds of thousands of cases in the court backlog, protect people from unnecessary enforcement via generous prosecutorial discretion guidelines without categorical exclusions, and end 287(g) and Secure Communities. These actions will help ensure that the interior enforcement system is far smaller and less harmful at the end of the moratorium announced by Biden on January 20, and will lay a marker for ​ongoing enforcement reforms​ in the coming months.

Broad affirmative relief (via DACA, TPS, and/or Parole-in-Place): ​As Congress works to pass legislation creating a roadmap to citizenship, the Administration must move aggressively to implement policies that provide stability for immigrants without permanent status. This will allow people to participate in the regular economy and plan their lives without fear of sudden deportation. These necessary policies include protecting and expanding DACA, issuing designations, redesignations, and extensions for ​all TPS-eligible countries​, and creating a generous Parole-in-Place program administered by USCIS.