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.