The cost of war is not measured solely in bombs dropped or dollars spent. It's measured in lives lost, families uprooted, and homes destroyed. In Syria, years of civil war have taken their toll. There are nearly 4 million Syrian refugees and 8 million Syrians who have been internally displaced. Now is the time for compassion and leadership. As a nation of immigrants and refugees, the U.S. has a special responsibility to people affected by ongoing violence in Iraq, Syria, and neighboring countries.
Statement of Legislative Policy
We support openness to refugees, victims of violence and human trafficking and those seeking asylum. The immigration policies we envision will allow people to migrate to the United States regardless of their wealth or skill levels, to preserve their families’ unity, to change their places of employment and to apply for lawful permanent status and eventual citizenship.
We seek federal policies and practices that avoid violence and embrace peaceful forms of managing and resolving conflict. The cycles of violence perpetuated by acts of terror and the armed overthrow of governments serve as warnings against the use of force, while the examples of nonviolent movements for change provide concrete alternatives.