Explanation of Categories

FWD.us seeks to provide a comprehensive page where community members and advocates for immigration reform can learn more about each Member of Congress’ position on various categories related to Comprehensive Immigration Reform. A YES, NO, or UNCLEAR is given to each category depending on public statements from Members of Congress surrounding the issue. The goal of this website is to allow individuals to learn about the various issues of immigration reform that each Congress member has engaged with.

  1. Voted or Co-Sponsored a Comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill

    • A YES position on this category indicates full support to move Comprehensive Immigration Reform forward in Congress through support for bills already introduced.
    • A NO position on this category indicates that the Member of Congress has not voted for or co-sponsored a Comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill, but it does not mean that the Congress member does not support earned citizenship or has not urged Leadership to move reform forward.
  2. Public Support for Earned Citizenship

    • A YES position on this category indicates public support for a pathway to earned citizenship for the 11 million undocumented immigrants.
    • A NO position on this category indicates that the Member of Congress does not support a pathway to earned citizenship for the 11 million undocumented immigrants.
    • UNCLEAR position indicates the Member of Congress’ position on earned citizenship has been suggested but has not been explicitly said in a public statement or they have not publicly addressed the issue.
  3. Public Statements Urging Leadership to Take Action

    • A YES position on this category indicates the Member of Congress has publicly urged Leadership to take up the issue of immigration reform.
    • A NO position on this category indicates that the Member of Congress has not publicly urged Leadership to take up the issue of immigration reform.
  4. Public Support for DREAMers

    • A YES position on this category indicates public support for a piece of legislation addressing undocumented youth.
    • A NO position on this category indicates that a Member of Congress has publicly announced that he does not support legislation that addresses undocumented youth.
    • UNCLEAR position indicates that a Member of Congress has not made public statements regarding legislation addressing undocumented youth.
  5. Supports Some Form of Legalization for Undocumented Immigrants

    • A YES position on this category indicates public support for addressing the 11 million undocumented immigrants through a pathway to legal status/green card, and not necessarily citizenship.
    • A NO position on this category indicates that a Member of Congress has publicly announced that he does not support any legalization of the 11 million undocumented immigrants.
    • UNCLEAR position indicates that a Member of Congress has not made public statements regarding a legalization program for the 11 million undocumented immigrants.
  6. Public Willingness to Consider Immigration Reform

    • A YES position on this category indicates public support for addressing Immigration Reform through Congress.
    • A NO position on this category indicates that a Member of Congress has not publicly addressed some sort of immigration reform through Congress.
    • UNCLEAR position indicates that a Member of Congress has not been publicly stated any sort of inclination to address immigration reform in Congress.
  7. Strongly Opposes Immigration Reform

    • A YES position on this category indicates that the Member of Congress has been explicit about not supporting any sort of immigration reform.
    • A NO position on this category indicates that a Member of Congress has publicly announced that he supports at least some of the above aspects of immigration reform.
    • UNCLEAR position indicates that a Member of Congress has not publicly made any statements regarding reform.

Take Action Fight for Immigration Reform Today

Your information is secure and will not be shared