Fixing our broken immigration system will grow our economy, reduce our debt, and strengthen our communities. We need to come together, in a bipartisan effort, to pass comprehensive immigration reform.
Since our nation’s founding, immigrants have provided the diversity, energy and wealth of knowledge and innovation that help our country prosper. Unfortunately, our current immigration system is badly broken. Deficiencies in the legal immigration process coupled with imperfect border security have resulted in more than 11 million undocumented immigrants living within our borders, functioning in a shadow economy that disregards their personal integrity and disadvantages American workers.
It is essential that we enact comprehensive immigration reform that secures our border and includes a pathway to citizenship for those here illegally. In my first term in Congress, I was proud to help introduce comprehensive immigration reform legislation, and remain committed to finding a solution. In particular, we must ensure the “DREAMers” brought here as children can live without fear of deportation in the only country that many of them have ever known.