In 2008 the National Board of the LWV announced its position on Immigration. Today more than ever, the League continues to stand behind policies that promote the humane and just treatment of individuals already in the country as well as those seeking entry. Emphasis is placed on reuniting families, meeting the economic, business and employment needs of the United States, as well as helping those seeking to escape political persecution or humanitarian crises.
Read LWVUS Immigration Policy here. (pdf; will open in a new window)
Several Immigration Team members read the book “Dear America” by Jose Antonio Vargas, a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist who spoke in October at a Pisgah Legal Service event in Asheville. We recommend it for those looking to understand the perspective of an undocumented citizen. Here is a book review written by Immigration Team member Aloha Smith. (pdf; will open in a new window)
Watch this compelling 7-minute NPR report from October 2019 on the difficulties facing DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) students with an uncertain future. The League of Women Voters supports a path to citizenship for DACA students.
Latinos are opening more small businesses than anyone else. Despite the opportunity gap between Latinos and other Americans, Latinos have become the fastest-growing small business owners across the U.S. Read here: https://www.usatoday.com/in-depth/news/nation/2020/02/24/latino-small-business-owners-becoming-economic-force-us/4748786002/
Read the 2019-2020 Team Report HERE
League Statement on Immigration
Detention by the numbers — Where are people detained in the United States?
Warehoused And Forgotten: Immigrants Trapped in our Shadow Private Prison System
Slavery gave America a fear of black people and a taste for violent punishment. Both still define our criminal-justice system.
'These people are profitable': Under Trump, private prisons are cashing in on ICE detainees
Glossary of Immigration Terms
US held record number of migrant children in custody in 2019