Office of Global Michigan praises President Biden's immigration reforms

February 3, 2021

MEDIA CONTACT: Beata Kica, 517-614-9773

Last month, President Joe Biden took the first steps in a broad effort to reform our country’s immigration system, including sending to Congress legislation that creates a pathway to citizenship for nearly 11 million undocumented immigrants. Yesterday, President Biden announced additional actions to help reunite and keep families together, address the root causes of irregular migration, and modernize and streamline the legal immigration system. In response to the president’s actions, Office of Global Michigan Executive Director Fayrouz Saad released the following statement:

“We strongly support the administration’s pursuit of robust and decisive immigration reforms. Immigrants continue to enhance our state socially, culturally and economically,” said Saad. “Immigrants and refugees continue to grow businesses, offer innovative ideas, strengthen our economy and create jobs in Michigan. Immigrants and refugees have provided unique social and cultural influence, fundamentally enriching the extraordinary character of our state and nation.”

As part of the actions announced yesterday, the Biden administration aims to rebuild and strengthen the immigration system via the creation of an Interagency Task Force on the Reunification of Families and the re-establishment of the Task Force on New Americans to ensure our legal immigration system operates fairly and efficiently.

In 2019, Gov. Whitmer created the Office of Global Michigan to help grow Michigan's economy by retaining and attracting global talent and to promote the skills, energy, and entrepreneurial spirit of our immigrant and refugee communities.

To learn more about Global Michigan’s programs and work visit Michigan.gov/ogm.