Rights and Justice

Immigration Policy

We aim to create a fair, humane, and workable immigration system in the United States through comprehensive data analysis, research, and advocacy.

People hold signs during a rally in support of the Supreme Court's ruling in favor of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, in San Diego, June 2020. (Getty/Sandy Huffaker/AFP)

What We're Doing

Fight for citizenship for undocumented immigrants

We seek nothing less than winning a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants and have built a body of work on the economic impacts and demographics of the undocumented community. Through data, advocacy, campaigns, and storytelling, we push Congress and the administration to take action.

Defend, protect, and expand protection for Dreamers

We provide data, analysis, and advocacy on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients to help defend and protect the program, highlighting the advances these individuals have made in the United States to help build support for the program and expand protections.

 

Rebuild and reform the refugee and asylum systems

We promote ways to rebuild and expand protections for refugees and propose ideas to reform the asylum system. This includes supporting resettlement of displaced persons—such as Afghanis—and other asylum-seekers.

Build a more fair, humane, and workable immigration system

We highlight the integral role that immigrants play across the United States and work to reimagine what a functioning immigration system would look like, including by rethinking immigration enforcement and border management, as well as visa policy.

About our team

The Immigration Policy team develops and promotes effective solutions to complex immigration challenges and fights for the rights of immigrants and refugees. Our team of policy experts in immigration and other intersectional areas, along with a robust communication and outreach apparatus, and a network of partners across the progressive movement are instrumental in ensuring that immigration priorities are championed at the state and federal levels.

Latest

The GOP’s myth of an ‘open border’ In the News
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The GOP’s myth of an ‘open border’

Debu Gandhi debunks the “open border” myth and discusses why Congress must act on a bipartisan basis to pass comprehensive immigration reform.

Debu Gandhi

Latinos Voice Continued Concerns About S.B. 1070 Article
Immigration rights protesters gather near the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement offices in Phoenix, Arizona, after the Supreme Court decision regarding Arizona's anti-immigrant law, S.B. 1070, Monday, June 25, 2012. (AP/Ross D. Franklin)

Latinos Voice Continued Concerns About S.B. 1070

CAP’s Immigration Team examines the latest polls to gauge the depth of antipathy among Latinos for the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the law’s “papers please” provisions.

Angela Maria Kelley, Marshall Fitz, Philip E. Wolgin, 1 More Ann Garcia

Romney’s Latino Problem Report
Martha Espinosa stands outside a Scottsdale, Arizona, resort to protest against Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who was speaking inside, and Arizona's controversial immigration law, S.B. 1070.

Romney’s Latino Problem

Angela Maria Kelley, Marshall Fitz, Philip E. Wolgin, and Ann Garcia explain how Mitt Romney's profound disconnect with Latino voters has generated growing concern within his campaign and across the Republican establishment.

Angela Maria Kelley, Marshall Fitz, Philip E. Wolgin, 1 More Ann Garcia

Nightmare Ahead: What a Romney-Rubio Presidency Would Mean for Immigration Report
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) is gaining popularity as a potential vice presidential choice for Mitt Romney. A Romney-Rubio presidency would push a number of counterproductive policies on immigration. (AP/ Haraz N. Ghanbari)

Nightmare Ahead: What a Romney-Rubio Presidency Would Mean for Immigration

Angela Maria Kelley, Philip E. Wolgin, and Ann Garcia explain how a Romney-Rubio presidency would advance the a barrage of counterproductive legislative priorities on immigration.

Angela Maria Kelley, Philip E. Wolgin, Ann Garcia

History Repeats Itself as Romney Takes a Hardline on Immigration Article
Mitt Romney's recent embrace of hardline anti-immigration rhetoric could cost him in key states like Florida and Nevada.
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History Repeats Itself as Romney Takes a Hardline on Immigration

Mitt Romney's recent embrace of hardline anti-immigration rhetoric is reminiscent of Sen. John McCain's changing stances during the 2008 campaign, write Ann Garcia and Philip E. Wolgin.

Ann Garcia, Philip E. Wolgin

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