June 27, 2018

Dear Representative McGovern,

Later today the House of Representatives will likely consider another immigration measure, the Border Security and Immigration Reform Act of 2018. While voting on immigration legislation is a much-needed step in the right direction, this bill shortchanges our country’s DACA-recipient students and alumni, and does not serve our nation’s long-term interests. I write to urge you to reject it. 

We need immigration reform legislation that upholds our nation’s values of fairness, equality, bipartisanship, and justice. Unfortunately, the bill up for consideration before the House today does not deliver on those values. Instead, it offers a drawn-out, circuitous, and uncertain path to permanent status in the United States, while dismantling the asylum system, eliminating protections for unaccompanied children, and keeping families together by holding children longer in detention.

We need legislation that offers a reliable path to citizenship for undocumented students and college graduates so that talented, hardworking, and motivated individuals can participate fully in an economy and society to which they contribute so significantly. I ask that you work to make one of the several bipartisan bills, such as the Uniting and Securing America Act of 2018 and the Dream Act of 2017, the basis for a thoughtful and consensus-based solution.

Sincerely, 

Biddy Martin
President, Amherst College