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There are nearly 12 million undocumented workers and other undocumented immigrants living in the United States. Many of these individuals have U.S. Citizen family members, but no means under the law to become lawful residents. While our country spends billions of dollars a year seeking to identify and deport these individuals, many of whom are gainfully employed and have been living in the United States for most of their lives, the system fails to stop a major source of the unauthorized worker problem – the illegal smugglers and traffickers of illegal workers.
With the appropriate immigration reform of the family-based and employment-based quotas, coupled with stricter border enforcement and a crackdown on employers who knowingly hire illegal workers, the U.S. government will once regain the discretion to decide who enters our country. Such immigration reforms will bring the hard-working immigrants already in this country out of the shadows and allow them to pursue lawful employment, purchase a home, obtain healthcare insurance, attend our colleges and universities and contribute to the overall success of our economy. This should, in turn, encourage foreign nationals to enter the United States through the appropriate legal channels thus allowing law enforcement and border security the opportunity to focus on those who pose a threat to national security or public safety.
With immigration reform clearly on the Obama Administration’s agenda, it is important to understand the impact our nation’s outdated and inefficient immigration system is having on society. While this blog is a call to action for reform for the estimated 11 to 12 million undocumented immigrants currently living and working in the United States, our nation’s immigration problems extend well beyond finding the appropriate solution for those individuals. Rather, there is a broad range of reforms necessary to fix our broken immigration system, which calls for “comprehensive immigration reform”.
The purpose of this blog is to keep you informed with periodic updates on the news and issues surrounding the comprehensive immigration reform debate. While we openly encourage and appreciate your thoughtful comments and intelligent debate, we certainly discourage and will not post discriminatory comments on this blog.