Advocating for welcoming policies at the U.S.-Mexico border region, our New Ellis Island

2021 New Ellis Island Virtual Border Policy Summit

FRIDAY, JULY 23, 2021 | 9 AM-3 PM MT

Join us for a solutions-based discussion with border stakeholders on better strategies and policies to build our New Ellis Island.

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New Ellis Island Border Policy Group (NEI)

The New Ellis Island (NEI) Border Policy Group is composed of stakeholders from the local, state, and national levels who are developing policy recommendations from the perspective of border communities. The narrative of the New Ellis Island – rooted in shared values of welcoming, opportunity, and humanity – is embedded in the policy recommendations that consist of a range of measures that impact border communities. NEI is convened by the Border Network for Human Rights.


1. Championing the just and fair integration of immigrant families and workers in our society through an immigration reform package in Congress devoid of cruel or draconian enforcement tradeoffs.

2. Securing a commitment from the Biden administration to use Executive powers to repeal the destructive immigration policies targeting immigrant families and children in the border region implemented under the Trump administration, including the explicit and absolute prohibition of jailing children and their families.

3. Ensuring the federal government provides a legalization program that provides a pathway to citizenship that is broad, inclusive, and accessible to the 11+ million undocumented people who call our country home.

4. Demilitarizing the U.S./Mexico border.

5. Working with Congress to pass and implement the necessary accountability mechanisms to exercise greater oversight of federal law enforcement agencies at the border and in the interior, including DHS agencies such as Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP), and hold them accountable for their human rights and civil violations to the fullest extent of the law.

6. Ending the separation and deportation of families with an Arrest and Deportation Moratorium until our immigration system is fixed, and new, fair immigration laws are passed and implemented; reuniting families who were separated due to cruel and unjust immigration policies; and beginning the process of repatriating deported veterans.

7. Decriminalizing immigrant families and refugees by closing all immigration detention facilities across the country, prioritizing those dedicated to jailing immigrant families, refugees, and asylum seekers.

8. Rebuilding, improving, and expanding our nation’s resettlement program to ensure all applications are addressed in a timely manner, and those seeking safe haven in our country are treated with respect, dignity and fairness.

9. Reversing modifications made by Trump to the H-2A Visa Program and other temporary foreign labor programs.

New Ellis Island Border Policy Group Members

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