Immigration Reform

  • Abolish ICE

    • ICE racial profiling

      • ICE has been caught with racial profiling, but has not been held accountable. For example in 2015 70% of immigrants that were deported were Mexican. Another evidence suggests that in 2014 Latino vehicle occupants were 24% percent more likely to be asked to display identification than Caucasian vehicle occupants.

      • We will return some of the functions of CBP and ICE to other agencies like the Department of Justice, the State Department and the Treasury Department. Specifically, the Department of Justice would be responsible for functions relating to enforcement, border, investigatory authority and deportation functions. The Treasury Department would be responsible for customs authority, and the State Department would be responsible for functions relating to naturalization and citizenship authority. 

    • Family separation

      • The Trump Administrations “zero tolerance” policy causes children to be separated from their parents at our borders. Since 2017, more than 5,400 children have been separated from their families. Done Waiting strongly opposes this practice. 

  • Trafficking 

    • One of the Trump administration’s largest arguments for their heinous policies is as a defense against drug trafficking and human trafficking. 

    • First, drug and human trafficking are already crimes, so we do not need to criminalize immigration.

    • In order to refute the Trump Administration’s claim, it is important to understand where human trafficking comes from. Since crossing our border is criminalized, those who want to cross must seek out professionals to help smuggle them across the border. Often times, these smuggling scenarios turn into trafficking scenarios because these professionals then take advantage of their customer’s vulnerable situations, and then traffick them into labor or sex work. This means the intense criminalization at our borders causes increased human trafficking. 

      • This is why Done Waiting wants to overhaul the current system, and all enforcement agencies will be switched away from a mindset of law enforcement to one of humanitarian action. This will allow agents to more accurately look out for signs of human trafficking, instead of criminalizing individuals who are simply trying to search for a safer life for themselves and their families.

  • Close down Guantanamo Bay

    • The Guantanamo Bay detention center is essentially the US military’s permanent torture center. Historically, many of the inmates at the prison were innocent. The United Nations has previously called on the United States to close the prison. This prison must be closed.

  • Reforming Asylum 

    • We must immediately expand our asylum processing system. We need to be able to process more people seeking asylum in a shorter amount of time, as well as drastically expand the amount of individuals who can be approved for asylum. Immigrants bring vibrancy and growth to our nation’s economy and society. Immigrants should be viewed as an asset not a burden, and we must undo the horrible mistreatments that the Trump Administration has imposed. 

  • Detention Centers at the Border 

    • Done Waiting does not support the current treatment that families are subject to in detention centers at our border. Done Waiting supports all of these families being released into housing facilities that are NOT concentration camps, and allow families to stay together, allow children to attend schools, and allow them to safely await their hearings and placements. 

  • DACA Recipients

    • Done Waiting supports reinstating DACA so more childhood arrivals can enjoy deferred action to deportation and the benefits of a work permit. 

    • Expand DACA to include Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA).

      • Latino citizen children have been shown to have traumatic experiences when their family has suffered deportation. 

      • We must protect the health of our community members and take into account the humanity of people. 

      • By including DAPA as a deferred plan of action for undocumented migrants we protect communities of migrants who have relationships in the United States. 

  • Pathways to Citizenship

    • Done Waiting believes that every undocumented person currently residing in the United States should have a clear and likely pathway to citizenship.

    • We must reform the ways to legally enter this country. As previously stated, Done Waiting supports accepting more people seeking asylum or refugee status. Done Waiting also supports increased funding to immigration agencies to ensure that these agencies have enough money to process the backlog of people applying for immigration visas through legal means. Also, this increased funding will be used to increase efficiency of processing visas which will result in more individuals becoming naturalized citizens.