Pennsylvania Immigration and Citizenship Coalition

Federal Immigration Policy

Our immigration system is broken.

A permanent fix requires Congress to overhaul our immigration system by passing comprehensive immigration legislation.

We also need to immediately address the mass deportation and detention of immigrant communities.

For updates on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), see our DACA 2020 Resource Page.

Though the flaws in the immigration system pre-date 2016, the system was weaponized by the most recent Administration. This calls for a response that addresses both urgent needs and long term structural change.

The Pennsylvania Immigration and Citizenship Coalition (PICC) has established a set of five federal policy priorities to guide its advocacy work for the next four years. Although not comprehensive, these priorities encompass many of the legislative and administrative policy changes that will build toward a just and humane immigration system: addressing the need for inclusive social supports, dismantling the brutal immigration enforcement machine, and clearing the pathway to citizenship. These priorities provide a framework for repairing the damage of the xenophobic federal policies enacted by the Trump Administration and for building a more just and humane immigration system.

PICC Federal Priorities:

  1. Comprehensive Legalization
  2. End Immigrant Detention
  3. Abolish ICE
  4. Decriminalization and Ending ICE’s Use of State and Local Resources
  5. Inclusive Economic Development and Social Programs

Stay tuned for advocacy toolkits and public actions to push the incoming Biden administration and Members of Congress to immediately take action on immigration.

As a member of the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM) and National Partnership for New Americans (NPNA), PICC actively participates in national policy conversations.

FIRM’s Freedom Together Campaign is demanding that Biden Administration make immigration a priority and on demand they take action on Day One to:

  • Create aroad to citizenship
  • Enact a moratorium on deportation
  • Pass inclusive #COVID19 Recovery

Join the fight to ensure that the Biden administration begins working on the road to citizenship, relief and recovery starting on day one.

In November, 2012 PICC brought together a statewide coalition to advocate for comprehensive immigration reform. Read the full platform of that coalition.