Immigration

Creating an Immigration System for the 21st Century

Our nation's immigration system is broken. Fixing it is an economic and national security imperative. That's why President Obama is working to pass a common sense, comprehensive set of reforms that ensures everyone plays by the same rules.

Immigration

Creating an Immigration System for the 21st Century

Links & Resources

“You're starting to see a sense of empowerment and civic participation that I think is going to be powerful and good for the country. And it is why I’m very confident that we can get immigration reform done.”

President Barack Obama, November 14, 2012


President Obama is committed to working with leaders of both parties to achieve common sense immigration reform. That is why we are asking all Americans — including business, faith, law enforcement leaders, and leaders like you — to join the debate and make your voice heard. You can help elevate the debate by hosting a roundtable in your community to highlight the positive contributions immigrants make to rebuilding our economy, and to discuss how we can strengthen the
immigration system.

Host an Immigration Action roundtable in your community, and invite someone from the Administration to participate.

Immigration issues are relevant to the daily work of many Federal Agencies. Click on the links below to learn more about how you can engage on the immigration issues you care most about:


Department of Homeland Security (DHS)

Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties

The Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties supports DHS’s mission to secure the nation while preserving individual liberty, fairness, and equality under the law. The Office promotes respect for civil rights and civil liberties in policy creation and implementation, and investigates and resolves civil rights and civil liberties complaints filed by members of the public affected by Department policies and activities.

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Department of Homeland Security (DHS)

DHS Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS) Ombudsman

The Ombudsman’s Office is a free, independent, confidential, and impartial resource that helps individuals and employers resolve problems with USCIS and makes recommendations to fix systemic issues related to the quality of services provided by USCIS.

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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)

Office of Public Engagement

The USCIS Office of Public Engagement is committed to building new partnerships and enhancing existing relationships with a broad range of stakeholders, including community-based and faith-based organizations, state and local government representatives, advocacy groups, and other stakeholders interested in USCIS policies and operations.

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U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)

Office of the Public Advocate

As a part of its ongoing detention reform and other enforcement-related initiatives, ICE created the Office of the Public Advocate. The Public Advocate serves as a point of contact for individuals and community stakeholders in resolving complaints and concerns with agency policies and operations.

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)

Office of the Non-Government Organization Liaison

The Office of the Non-Government Organization(NGO) Liaison is the agency’s principal liaison to the NGO community. Responsibilities of the Office including facilitating dialogue on behalf of CBP in close collaboration with DHS components. Established under the Obama Administration, formalizing this Office was a critical step toward building and enhancing the agency’s relationship with this important community.

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Department of Labor (DOL)

Office of Public Engagement

The DOL Office of Public Engagement facilitates and coordinates external meeting requests, ensures that obstacles to participation are mitigated, and provides recommendations to inform and influence Departmental resources, programs and policies.

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Department of State (DOS)

Bureau of Public Affairs

The Public Affairs Bureau advances the State Department’s mission to inform the American people and global audiences through a variety of ways. Among other things, the Public Affairs Bureau answers questions from the public about current foreign policy issues by phone, email, letter, or through social media.

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Department of State (DOS)

Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM)

PRM provides aid and sustainable solutions for refugees, victims of conflict, and stateless people around the world, through repatriation, local integration, and resettlement in the United States. PRM also promotes the U.S.’s population and migration policies.

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Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR)

ORR provides new populations with the opportunity to maximize their potential in the United States. ORR programs provide people in need with critical resources to assist them in becoming integrated members of American society.

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Our journey is not complete until we find a better way to welcome the striving, hopeful immigrants who still see America as a land of opportunity; until bright young students and engineers are enlisted in our workforce rather than expelled from our country.

President Barack Obama
January 21, 2013