In response to the AILA Survey, Mayor Buttigieg states:
I support an increase in legal immigration. Many communities depend on immigration for their economy and will thrive with increased immigration. One way I am proposing to meet the needs of American communities is through a new place-based Community Renewal Visa as described in the “Our Commitment to America’s Heartland” plan that I proposed to drive economic growth in rural communities. Additionally, we need to increase USCIS personnel and resources to address the backlog of visa applications. We also need to create a system that is more flexible to the changing needs of our businesses and communities. That is why I support creating a commission that will update our visa numbers every year in order to allow the flexibility we clearly need in our changing economy.
In addition, Mr. Buttigieg has stated: “But we've got a crisis on our hands. Americans want comprehensive immigration reform. We've been talking about the same framework for my entire adult lifetime: protections for DREAMers; making sure that we have a pathway to citizenship for the undocumented; cleaning up lawful immigration. We know what to do. The problem is we haven't had the will to get it done in Washington.” – Democratic debate, July 30, 2019. At an April 22, 2019, townhall hosted by CNN, Mayor Buttigieg stated: “We know the outlines of a comprehensive immigration reform—a pathway to citizenship for undocumented people in this country; a level of protection for DREAMers; a set of reforms to clear up the bureaucracy and the backlogs in the lawful immigration system, which is how my father became a U.S. citizen; and reasonable measures on border security.”Read More