Permanent Legal Status for Illegal Immigrants
About the Problem
But legal immigration is essential for the current and future prosperity of the United States.
About the Policy
Promote a path to earned legal status for illegal immigrants in the United States who meet strict conditions such as learning English, paying back taxes and passing rigorous background checks.
Polling data derived from three national surveys conducted by Cohen Research Group in February and March 2016. Each survey had a sample size of at least 1,000 registered voters with a margin of error of +/- 3.1%
America has always been a nation of immigrants.
And our open embrace of immigrants is more than an act of kindness. A healthy flow of immigrants is a key element in building a stronger America.
Among other benefits, immigration is good for job creation – 4.7 million people are employed by immigrant-owned small businesses. This is in part because immigrants are more than twice as likely to start a business as a non-immigrant. It is that entrepreneurial desire to lead a better life that often inspires immigrants to come to America in the first place.
However America is also a nation of laws, and the strain of illegal immigration has detrimental effects on the broader system. There are over 11 million immigrants living in the country illegally today. Along with economic costs, this influx has led many Americans to doubt our immigration system and question it's benefits.
While some immigrants did come here illegally, most did so seeking a better life. Moreover, it would be unrealistic to attempt to deport 11 million immigrants. Understanding that, America would be better served to develop an alternative that is more realistic and effective for immigrants, as well as the country at large.
One effective means for doing this is by promoting a path to earned legal status for illegal immigrants in the United States who meet strict conditions such as learning English, paying back taxes and passing rigorous background checks.
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