Presidential Letters

July 19, 2022
Dear Mr. Lopez-Rivera,

Thank you for writing to me about immigration policy.  Immigration has always been essential to America.  As we come out of this pandemic and build our economy back better, we need to fix our immigration system and fully tap the talent and dynamism in our Nation.

In my first days in office, my Administration began a broad, whole-of-government effort to finally reform, rebuild, and strengthen our immigration system.  I signed Executive Orders to protect DACA recipients, pause border wall construction, end the Muslim and Africa travel bans, and reunite families separated by the prior Administration.  And with Vice President Harris’s leadership, we’re getting at the root causes of why people are migrating to our southern border from Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador in the first place: violence, corruption, gangs, political instability, hunger, and natural disasters.

I also kept my commitment and sent an immigration reform bill to the United States Congress.  It includes smart border management and security and a pathway to citizenship for 11 million undocumented people in America.  I have made it clear that we can work together on other critical issues as well: a pathway to citizenship for DREAMers—the young people who have only known America as their home, a pathway for immigrants who are here on temporary protective status who came from countries beset by violence and natural disasters,  and a pathway for farmworkers who are here putting food on our tables but are not citizens.

I appreciate hearing your perspective about this important issue.  In the competition for the 21st century, we need an immigration system that both reflects our values and upholds our laws.  We can do both.



October 19, 2022
Dear Mr. Lopez,

Thank you for taking time to write to me.  I believe we have a moral responsibility to provide older Americans with the support they need to maintain their independence and to age with dignity.  Seniors across America have felt the strain of the COVID-19 pandemic and rising costs, and that is exactly why my Administration is hard at work to support their health and well-being.

Since day one, I have been fighting to protect and strengthen bedrock federal programs like Social Security and Medicare, which offer lifesaving support.  My American Rescue Plan allocated $1.4 billion to provide older adults with meals, vaccines, community helpers, and funding for home-based care so more Americans could stay in their own homes.  It also provided additional Medicaid funding to support millions of older adults with disabilities and help States improve the quality of caregiving jobs.

More recently, I was proud to sign the Inflation Reduction Act into law, which lowers home energy costs and guarantees no senior on Medicare will ever pay more than $2,000 a year for prescription drugs, no matter how many prescriptions they fill.  In addition, after years of advocacy, we’ve finally seen the Food and Drug Administration greenlight over-the-counter hearing aids, lowering costs for everyone.  I’ll also keep pushing to expand support for community and family caregivers, whether they are adults caring for aging relatives or grandparents looking after young children.

The strength, resilience, and wisdom of older Americans have made our Nation what it is today, and I will do everything in my power to help them thrive.


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