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Our nation has always believed in welcoming the oppressed, the persecuted, and the hopeful—but President Trump has defied this American aspiration, drafted into our Declaration of Independence, welded into our Statue of Liberty, and secured by the sacrifices of countless generations. Rooted in his experience serving the largest binational community in the Western Hemisphere—one that draws its strength and prosperity from immigrants, asylum seekers, and refugees—Beto’s plan will rewrite our immigration laws in our own image. On day one, he will end child detention; reunite families; ensure separation never happens again; and remove the fear of deportation for Dreamers and their parents.

He’ll also expedite the naturalization process for the 9 million immigrants already eligible for citizenship; create a pathway to earned citizenship for America’s 11 million undocumented residents; and partner with our neighbors to restore regional security—all while ensuring we remain a nation of laws.

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Beto believes our country is better than President Trump’s cruel and cynical immigration policies—which have torn apart our communities, disgraced our country, and sowed chaos and confusion at our borders, all while making us less safe. As president, Beto will:

  • Take immediate executive action to reverse President Trump’s policies, including family separation, metering, “Remain in Mexico,” as well as his denial of protection for women and children fleeing domestic violence and escaping from deadly gangs; and his Muslim Ban

Beto believes our current system of asylum is ineffective, inefficient, illegal, and immoral. As president, he will reform our system, by:

  • Rescinding the current administration’s executive orders that seek to maximize detention and deportation
  • Ending family separation at the border and illegal policies like “metering” and “Remain in Mexico”
  • Ensuring that no one fleeing persecution is prosecuted for crossing our border
  • Upgrading and increasing staffing in the asylum system, which will, in turn, streamline how cases move through the process and provide timely and fair asylum decisions

Beto believes Dreamers are Americans—and no Dreamer, or their parents, should live in fear of deportation. He  also believes those who have been granted protected status like TPS should not live in fear of deportation. As president, he will: 

  • Immediately remove the fear of deportation for Dreamers and their parents and Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) beneficiaries, and begin work towards a permanent legislative solution
  • In his first 100 days, Beto will work with Congress to pass legislation that provides an earned pathway to citizenship for 11 million undocumented people, and includes an immediate path for Dreamers and beneficiaries of programs like the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) programs.

Beto believes we need to rewrite our immigration laws in our own image.  As president, Beto will:

  • Create an earned pathway to citizenship for 11 million undocumented people that includes an immediate path for Dreamers and beneficiaries of programs like the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) programs
  • Remove barriers to re-entry and status adjustment to support families
  • Establish a new, first-of-its-kind community-based visa category
  • Increase visa caps to meet our country’s economic opportunities
  • Make naturalization easier for the nearly 9 million immigrants who are currently eligible for citizenship
  • Read our plan here.

Beto believes the Trump Administration’s approach to Central America is one of our greatest foreign policy failures. As president, he will: 

  • Partner with others in the region to invest in economic development and stop violence and corruption
  • Support those dealing with the effects of climate change
  • Work with partners to build peace and prosperity
  • Read our immigration plan for more.