(Washington)—The Biden-Harris administration and Congressional Democrats have continued to embrace failed tactics rather than pushing for and enacting bold changes to the immigration system. As a result, immigrant communities continue to live under draconian policies which have come to define our country’s immigration system. 

“Instead of trying to find loopholes in Senate rules that hinged on the opinion of the parliamentarian, Democrats and President Biden should have forcefully pushed and promoted a plan that meets the needs of immigrant communities who have bravely fought for decades for citizenship and a vision of immigrant justice that is inclusive,” said Sameera Hafiz, Policy Director for the Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC). “Now immigrant communities face another holiday season with a future that holds no immediate relief for their families.” 

“We are extremely frustrated that nearly one year into the Biden-Harris administration, campaign promises remain unfulfilled and that enforcement, detention and removals have continued at outrageous rates,” Hafiz said. “We need strong leadership now. We cannot continue to wait another decade or two to see permanent relief for all.”


The Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC) is a national nonprofit that works with immigrants, community organizations, legal professionals, and policy makers to build a democratic society that values diversity and the rights of all people. Through community education programs, legal training & technical assistance, and policy development & advocacy, the ILRC works to protect and defend the fundamental rights of immigrant families and communities.