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.

Fact image

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.
Percent of DACA-eligible individuals over age 16 that are employed.
$21 Billion
Amount immigrants contribute in federal, state, and local tax revenue.
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

July 18, 2018

Dennis Prager’s Missed Immigration Opportunity

Dennis Prager makes some good videos promoting conservative economic principles. But his critique of immigration is tired and shopworn. It’s so played, in fact, that it’s older than America itself. In a column yesterday in National Review, he wrote:…
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July 3, 2018

Immigrants Have Always Made America Great

Today, the Becoming American Initiative launched its first ad featuring a video of President Ronald Reagan talking about how immigrants have always made America great. The message is especially important for conservatives and all Americans to hear on July 4th as President…
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June 27, 2018

The Border Security and Immigration Reform Act of 2018 Was Not A True Compromise Bill

The House of Representatives just voted down HR 6136, The Border Security and Immigration Reform Act of 2018. Linda Chavez, director of the Becoming American Initiative, released the following statement against the bill: The so-called ‘compromise’ Republican…
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June 22, 2018

Top 5 false claims in Hillsdale College lecturer Michael Anton’s Washington Post op-ed claiming the U.S. doesn’t need immigrants

Hillsdale College lecturer Michael Anton wrote an op-ed in the Washington Post claiming the U.S. doesn’t need immigrants. Here is why he’s wrong. 1) Americans don’t support amnesty for DACA. Fact: Polls show 80 percent of Republicans nationwide support…
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June 21, 2018

Today’s Failed House Bill Is Good for the Immigration Debate

In response to today’s failed vote in the House on the first of two immigration votes, Linda Chavez, director and spokeswoman for the Becoming American Initiative, released the following statement: “Today the House of Representatives voted…
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June 20, 2018

President Trump’s Immigration Executive Order Long Overdue

President Trump just signed an executive order ending the separation of immigrant families at the border. Linda Chavez director and spokeswoman for the Becoming American Initiative released the following statement: “Ending the inhumane practice of…
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June 19, 2018

Immigrants Are Not A Bargaining Chip For A Border Wall

In response to President Trump’s threat to veto any immigration legislation that lacks proper funding for the border wall, Linda Chavez, director and spokeswoman for the Becoming American Initiative, released the following statement: The administration’s policy of separating children from…
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June 18, 2018

Our Statement Ahead of This Week’s Immigration Votes

Linda Chavez, Director and Spokeswoman for the Becoming American Initiative, released the following statement in preparation for this week’s immigration votes: The Becoming American Initiative was launched to help promote understanding of the positive impact of immigrants on our society.
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June 10, 2018

Jonah Goldberg: We’ve Lost Sight of the Plot in the Immigration Debate

Upon hearing the news that his father-in-law passed away, Jonah Goldberg took to the pen to remind America the true reason we fight to protect immigration. Today the conversation about immigration is so toxic in part because we poisonously disagree…
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June 10, 2018

John Kasich: Bypass GOP leaders and get DACA done for DREAMers

Last fall, the Trump administration made efforts to kill the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. Ever since, 800,000 young people in America are living in fear of deportation from the only homes most of them have ever known. Court…
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