Social Policy & Politics Program | Policy Memo

Immigration: Tough, Fair, and Practical

by Jim Kessler, Lanae Erickson Hatalsky and Sarah Trumble

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This brief memo provides messaging advice and policy recommendations to help progressives better understand and reach moderates on the issue of immigration. The focus is back on immigration now that the President has taken action allowing young people who were brought here through no fault of their own to obtain temporary work permits, and policymakers across the political spectrum are agreeing that the system is broken. We recommend a three-pronged message for reform supporters: tough, fair, and practical.

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