Keith supports comprehensive immigration reform such as the STRIVE Act that includes four components: a clear path to citizenship to those who are already in the U.S. working and paying taxes; expedited process for family reunification; workable employment verification system with strict penalties for employers who knowingly hire undocumented immigrants. Keith also supports the DREAM Act, which would increase access to higher education for the children of immigrants and give them an opportunity to succeed and give back to their communities.
Minnesota is home to thousands of Liberian refugees. In 1989, a civil war in Liberia forced many to seek refuge in the United States. More than 30,000 Liberians reside in Minnesota and an estimated 1,000 currently are living under Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) or Temporary Protected Status (TPS). In 2007 and 2009, Keith worked to have Presidents Bush and Obama extend the DED for Liberians in the United States. He has also introduced the Liberian Refugee Immigration Fairness Act, which would allow Liberians who were brought to the United States legally under temporary protection status classification to apply for permanent residency.