The Value Our Families Campaign exists to protect, preserve, and strengthen the family immigration system and promote an immigration system that is informed by love, empathy and justice. We are a network of local and national community-based and advocacy organizations who reject attacks and proposed harmful changes to our current family-based immigration system. We also will work together to build public support for an immigration system that protects and promotes family unity and contributes to the American social and economic fabric.
Immigration is fundamentally about people planting permanent roots in a new country and should take into account the human need to live with and care for one’s family. We recognize that our current family-based immigration system, including the diversity visa program and refugee and asylum programs, have contributed to strong vibrant and diverse American communities making the United States the country that it is today.
As we work toward creating a path to citizenship for the 11 million undocumented immigrants and making other positive reforms to our immigration system, we will remain unified and not be divided by trading harmful changes for positive ones. Our immigration system is reflective of our values as a nation, and should reflect the following principles:
Family unity is a core American value. Families are the cornerstone of our communities and the most fundamental institution of our society. Family unity promotes physical and mental health and well-being, security, and prosperity. Family relationships do not end when children grow up. Rather, they extend beyond current family sponsorship categories (spouse, children, parents, and siblings) and include Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) families. Our immigration system must promote family unity and family reunification.
All people are valuable and deserve to be treated with dignity. We should be careful not to create an immigration system that treats people like commodities. It is vital for those seeking refuge from violence, persecution, and poverty can build a safe and happy home in America.
All people deserve a permanent place to call home and access to full citizenship rights. People who come to live in the United States, whether fleeing poverty or persecution, or are invited to work here should have accessible pathways to permanent residency. This includes access to citizenship and the ability fully participate in our democracy and to live with their family members and to have family members abroad visit them.
All work is valuable. Our immigration-system should value all skill and wage levels, including in home and unpaid work, and allow immigrant workers to live with their families. Caretakers, who are predominantly women, often do the unsung, unpaid, and undervalued work that enables their family members to work outside the home and contribute to our economy.
Our immigration system should provide equal opportunities and equal rights to people regardless of their race, religion, ethnicity, gender identity or sexual orientation.
Diversity improves our communities and makes our country stronger. Our immigration system has helped to create many of our nation’s thriving and diverse communities. Diverse immigrants and refugees contribute to innovation and new ideas keeping communities dynamic and modern.