"It is unacceptable that a nation built by immigrants doesn't have an adequate system in place to not only provide opportunity, but to ensure that all in our country are accountable to the law." - Lorie Burch
The ability to come to America from anywhere in the world and make a better life for your family is the foundation our country was built on. Immigrants help make our society more vibrant and prosperous in many ways, and we are responsible for making sure there is a clear and fair pathway for them to do so.
It is estimated that there are over 11 million people living in the U.S. without any legal status. Many immigrants have started families, put down roots, and contributed to our economic success. This includes over 800,000 registered DACA recipients who were brought here as children through no fault of their own and only know life in America. Law-abiding people who are only working to better their lives deserve a pathway to legal status that will allow them to continue contributing to our country without fear of losing their homes and being separated from their families. At the same time, we need to enact and enforce strong laws that will prevent bad actors from harming our society. Effectively monitoring our borders, stemming the tide of drugs and human trafficking, and taking criminal offenders off of our streets are basic duties of our government - but this should not mean closing off all avenues for immigration.
We all agree that our immigration system needs work, but we must not lose sight of our inherently American values while creating legislation to fix it. We must compassionately address the situation of the undocumented already in our country and create a system for new immigrants going forward that serves all our interests, doesn’t get bogged down in bureaucracy and partisan politics, and enables the many benefits of a diverse and inclusive America.