Now is the time to fix our broken immigration system, once and for all. Now is the time to enact common sense reform that creates a roadmap to citizenship for 11 million immigrants who aspire to become citizens.
The American people support it. The President and Democrats want it. Republicans need it. Our movement will deliver it.
Undocumented immigrants are Americans-in-waiting. Most live in families and most have been here longer than a decade. Many are young people – DREAMers – who have excelled in high school and college, who want to give back to the country they call home.
Most undocumented Americans are hard workers and risk takers who came here to build a better life for their families. They make a huge contribution to the country they now call home. They are here to stay and it’s time we created a process for them to work towards citizenship.This as an opportunity for America to do the right thing and the smart thing. This should not be used as an opportunity for politicians to score points. Common sense immigration reform is in keeping with who we are. As Americans we believe that all people should be treated fairly, no matter the color of your skin or the country of your birth. We believe that what matters most is how you live your life and what you contribute. We believe that America is at its best when we fight to make sure the “them” become “us” in a way that makes all of “us” stronger.
GOOD POLICYIt’s time to pass common sense immigration reform that fixes our immigration system once and for all. We need a system that serve our interests and reflects our values. A system in which the rules are clear and fair, and everybody follows them. A system where employers and workers all pay their fair share of taxes. A system that protects all families and all workers. A system that values
due process, meaning a fair day in court and access to lawyers. A system that doesn't detain people without cause. A system that works.
Reform must combine: 1) an inclusive path to citizenship for those working and living in America without papers: if you’re here, you pass background checks, study English and pay taxes, you can become a citizen; 2) fair enforcement because for years we’ve prioritized the border and failed to enforce labor, civil, and human rights; 3) a modern legal immigration system that protects family unity and links employment-based visa levels to the economy—increasing when employers legitimately cannot fill jobs, and decreasing when unemployment is high.When reform becomes law, we need to start with a clean slate and make sure we don’t end up in the same place 10 years from now. To accomplish that, everyone here without papers should be able to access the path to citizenship. It has to be a real path
that is achievable in person, not just on paper. The requirements must be reasonable, the costs affordable, and the timeframe fair. If the bureaucracy excludes many people, it won’t solve the problem.
The GOP’s lurch to the right on immigration cost them the White House and the Senate in 2012. Mitt Romney promised to veto the DREAM Act and praised Arizona’s model of “self-deportation.” Meanwhile, after a first term marked by record deportations, President Obama finally leaned into the issue by giving protection to DREAMers, who are Americans in all but paperwork. Immigration reform has become a defining, mobilizing issue for Latino, Asian American and immigrant voters. These voters now want action, and our movement will fight to win reform this year.
The American people support reform. A recent bipartisan poll conducted by Hart and Public Opinion Strategies found 80% of Americans support reform that includes citizenship for undocumented immigrants. Most polls show citizenship favored by a 2-1 margin, with support even from Republicans. Latino Decisions polling shows that Latino voters are watching the debate closely, want results, and will punish or reward whichever party acts in their interests.