Who We Are

The facts don’t lie: Conservatives and Republicans are in favor of sensible immigration reform, and we’re spreading the word. Becoming American Initiative exists to counter the popular misconceptions about immigrants, both documented and undocumented, and provide evidence of their positive contributions to American society and the economy.

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95 percent of Trump supporters would vote for him in 2020 if he supported a DACA deal.

Source: New American Economy and TargetPoint Consulting poll, February 2018

By the Numbers

By almost every measure, immigrants are a boon to the United States.
90%
Percent of DACA-eligible individuals over age 16 that are employed.
$21 Billion
Amount immigrants contribute in federal, state, and local tax revenue.
912,472
Number of undocumented entrepreneurs that had started their own businesses by 2014.
“Our nation is a nation of immigrants.”
“More than any other country, our strength comes from our own immigrant heritage and our capacity to welcome those from other lands.”
President Ronald Reagan, 1981
U.S. Service members becoming citizens at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan

News & Updates

February 14, 2019

Statement: National Emergency at the Border

President Trump’s national emergency declaration for border wall funding is little more than a face-saving exercise that will immediately be challenged by the courts. Yet by taking the bold step of declaring a national emergency at the border, where illegal…
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January 8, 2019

We Need a Functioning Government, Not a Border Wall

In response to President Trump’s threat to declare a national emergency in order to get his border wall, Linda Chavez is releasing the following statement: President Trump must stop harping on the divisive and distracting issue of a border wall…
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December 12, 2018

Don’t Shut the Government Down Over Border Wall Funding

In response to President Trump’s claim that he will shut the government down if he does not receive funding for a border wall, Linda Chavez, Director for Becoming American Initiative is releasing the following statement: President Trump’s threat to shut down…
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December 12, 2018

Congress Could Fix Immigration– If Trump Plays Ball

Becoming American Initiative Director Linda Chavez published this op-ed in The Daily Caller. The Trump administration’s immigration policies — from making it more difficult to obtain a green card, to threatening to revoke Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for…
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November 13, 2018

Republicans must learn from the election mistake on immigration

Jordan Bruneau, a senior policy analyst for Becoming American Initiative, wrote the following op-ed for The Hill. Even as a rallying issue for the core Republican base, it is unlikely that immigration is best. Among the top issue…
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October 31, 2018

Republicans should support work visas. They’d help business and ease the caravan problem.

Jordan Bruneau, a senior policy analyst for Becoming American Initiative, wrote the following op-ed for USA Today. Expanded work visas used to be the Republican solution to immigration. “Rather than talking about putting up a fence,” said then-presidential candidate Ronald…
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October 30, 2018

Trump thinks whatever he says is law

In response to President Trump’s threat to end birthright citizenship, Linda Chavez, Director of the Becoming American Initiative, is releasing the following statement: President Trump’s decision to issue an executive order stripping millions of Americans of their citizenship…
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August 25, 2018

Conversations with Bill Kristol: Linda Chavez on Immigration and American Identity

Becoming Amerian Initiative Director Linda Chavez joined Bill Kristol to discuss why immigration remains a net benefit to the United States—and why we should address, improve, and streamline the immigration system. Listen here.
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August 14, 2018

President Trump’s immigration hypocrisy

Linda Chavez, Director for the Becoming American Initiative, published this letter to the editor in the Jacksonville Daily News. Last week, President Trump’s in-laws became U.S. citizens by taking advantage of the very family reunification immigration policy that Trump…
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July 27, 2018

Latest assault on Constitutional birthright citizenship is clever propaganda but rotten history

Linda Chavez, Director for Becoming American Initiative, published this op-ed in The Hill. With President Trump’s unprecedented rhetorical and policy assault on immigrants, opponents of the 14th Amendment to the Constitution, which grants birthright citizenship, have…
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