Just the Facts
Five Facts on Bipartisan Immigration Reform
By Emma Petasis
November 21, 2018 | Blog
On November 14th, the New Center a centrist think tank released their first white paper on immigration reforms that can garner bipartisan support in Congress. Here is an excerpt from the report titled “The Immigration Debate: The Poison Infecting Our Politics”:
The system of legal Immigration
Many other U.S. peer countries – like Canada and Australia – give much more weight to the potential economic contributions of immigrants when deciding whom to let in the country. The U.S. should do the same.
Undocumented immigrants in the U.S.
It is unacceptable to have over 11 million people living legally in America. But mass deportation is unacceptable too – both morally and logistically. Unauthorized immigrants living in the
U.S. should be brought out of the shadows and offered a long and rigorous road toward citizenship that depends on maintaining clean criminal records, paying taxes, and meeting sevral other requirements.
The U.S.-Mexico border wall
It is essential to have a fortified border that allows the U.S. to reliably and consistently prevent unauthorized entry. On some parts of the border, a wall or fence may make the most sense; on others, obstacles make a physical border impractical. A focus on physical barriers, technological improvements, and the renovation of infrastructure along land ports of entry should be coupled with revised legal measures that quicken deportation proceedings to deter crossings.
Internal immigration enforcement
Immigration enforcement needs to be refocused on unauthorized individuals conducting criminal activity in the U. S., and employers need to step up to play a lead role in preventing undocumented individuals from working through the implementation of a universal E-Verify system.
Deferred action for childhood arrivals and Dreamers
Dreamers should not be held culpable for the actions of their parents who brought them to the U.S. If they contribute to American society and the economy by working, acquiring education, or serving in the military, they should have access to a path to citizenship assuming clean criminal records.