Section: Immigration and Naturalization

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NEA supports:

  • comprehensive immigration reform that:

-recognizes the political, economic, and labor issues underlying immigration;

-promotes a humane, equitable, and orderly system of legal immigration that advances and protects human rights, civil liberties, due process, and the public interest;

-recognizes the importance of family unity and rejects laws and delays that undermine keeping families intact; and-rejects the criminalization of undocumented immigrants and those who work with them, including educators; and

-deals justly with undocumented immigrants who have worked and lived in the United States and includes a path to permanent residency, citizenship, or asylum once background checks have been completed.

  • legislation to reduce barriers that prevent legal immigrants from successful completion of the naturalization process for U.S. citizenship;
  • legislation to eliminate discrimination in the immigration laws by permitting permanent partners of United States citizens and lawful permanent residents to obtain lawful permanent resident status in the same manner as spouses of citizens and lawful permanent residents;
  • legislation to end the practice of incarcerating immigrant children by developing humane, equitable, and expedited processes for determining asylum cases and placing children with family and/or sponsors;
  • legislation prohibiting separation of immigrant children from their families;
  • legislation that requires all children housed for processing be afforded a quality public education equal to that provided to children attending public schools in the local community;
  • legislation that provides support for children who experience trauma due to practices implemented during the immigration process;
  • legislation that provides access to medical treatment and care by medical professionals for those detained;
  • legislation that provides postsecondary education opportunities for children who experience trauma caused by being held in detention; and
  • legislation defunding and/or preventing private corporations from profiting from immigrant detention in the United States, especially the detention of immigrant youth.

NEA opposes:

  • the incarceration of immigrant children in cages, kennels, warehouses, tents, and other inhumane structures;
  • separating immigrant children from their families;
  • the criminalization of undocumented immigrants and those who work with them, including educators; and privately run immigration detention centers.


The travesty that is happening at the border must be addressed and it will take immigration reform to do so.


Becca Ritchie - WA