The United States, with all her space, has provided ample opportunities for people to immigrate in search of new opportunities. However, we have a capacity and we are fast approaching it if we are not already there.Why Comprehensive Immigration Reform Will Help
Comprehensive immigration reform helps families and strengthens communities.
PROBLEM: Approximately five million American children live with at least one undocumented parent.
SOLUTION: Require undocumented individuals to come forward and register with the government, pass a background check, pay fines and back taxes, and demonstrate proficiency in English. Upon completing this process, they could work and live legally in this country, and eventually apply for permanent residency and full citizenship.
Comprehensive immigration reform helps workers.
PROBLEM: Workers in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles have lost $56.4 million/week in labor law violations. U.S. and immigrant workers suffer when immigration enforcement trumps labor rights.
SOLUTION: Protect U.S. and immigrant workers by informing people of existing labor protection policies, and increasing penalties for employers who break the law.
Comprehensive immigration reform addresses demand.
PROBLEM: Our current system allows approximately 5,000 annual visas to low skilled laborers. Yet estimated annual demand for these workers runs close to 500,000.
SOLUTION: Create flexible channels for future legal immigration that allow more foreign workers into the U.S. during strong economic times.
Comprehensive immigration reform helps the economy.
PROBLEM: A shrinking U.S. workforce and increased congressional spending have created high government deficits.
SOLUTION: Legalizing the millions of undocumented workers in our economy would compel them and their employers to contribute payroll and income taxes, generating more than a trillion dollars in tax revenues.
Last but not least, comprehensive immigration reform will allow us to maintain our heritage as a vibrant nation of diversity and strength.
U.S. government allows more than a million people to come here legally every year, a far more generous number than any other country, not to mention incomparably larger than our emigration figures. Though global population is increasing, we can no longer be that outlet for other countries' population woes. We have a national responsibility to protect the land we have
The rate at which world population is increasing is not sustainable. Neither is the rate at which the U.S. is growing due largely to immigration, both legal and not. As the world is growing, we can no longer afford to take in more people than our capacity allows. The results lead inevitably to increased dependence on foreign oil, larger carbon footprints, and decreased farmable land to produce food. As the rest of the world faces these same problems, the United States can still play a constructive role by assisting other nations to develop their resources - both human and natural - and develop strategies to bring population growth under control. But, even as we help other nations, we need to make sure we protect our national interests - and in this increasingly populated world, it starts at our borders.