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Immigration Task Force: Executive Action Not a Path to Long-Term Solution

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Washington, D.C. – The Bipartisan Policy Center’s Immigration Task Force co-chairs—former Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Henry Cisneros, former Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour, and former Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell—today released the following statement on continuing developments surrounding President Trump’s immigration executive order:

“The protracted legal fight about the president’s executive order shows once again the shortcomings of attempting to create a national and comprehensive immigration policy by executive order.

We believe that a just and fair approach maintains the integrity of our immigration system and the dignity of the people in it.

“While the president does have broad latitude in foreign affairs and immigration issues, executive orders are not durable instruments. As we are seeing now, this ad-hoc executive order immigration system is susceptible to wild swings from one administration to the next. This uncertainty about American immigration policy does not serve immigrants, American businesses who employ them, government agencies tasked with enforcing the policies, or the immigrant-dependent American economy at large.

“We believe that a just and fair approach maintains the integrity of our immigration system and the dignity of the people in it. Immigration reform through bipartisan congressional action is the only long-lasting way to achieve both of those goals. We believe our task force’s recommendations in Still Room for Consensus represent a path toward that end.”

KEYWORDS: 115TH CONGRESS, ED RENDELL, HALEY BARBOUR, HENRY CISNEROS, MICHAEL CHERTOFF, PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP