Throughout American history,
immigrants from all over the world have become a part of American society,
as we can see in the entertainment, political, professional, educational, and other fields.
What do we really want in immigration reform?
WHAT DO WE WANT IN IMMIGRATION REFORM?
We have to face the reality that there is a large population of immigrants already here. Humans have migrated for thousands of years. Walls and harsh policies have never kept people from seeking better opportunities, from the Great Wall of China to the Berlin Wall. It is clear that we need to addressing the causes that drive people from their homelands and draws them to seek better lives elsewhere.
How can comprehensive immigration reform benefit us all?
The Economic Benefits of Immigration Reform
Study shows legalizing undocumented immigrants would help the economy
Immigration Reform and Job Growth
The Impact of Legalization Then and Now
Immigration Is An Aging Issue
Our response to immigration is a test of our humanity
WHO SUPPORTS COMPREHENSIVE IMMIGRATION REFORM?
A wide variety of Americans have stated support for comprehensive immigration reform,
allowing undocumented immigrants in the country a path to residency and citizenship,
including many religious groups, labor leaders, educators, health care providers, police,
and a clear majority of the American pubic.
The Faith Community supports immigrant rights. What does God teach us about the treatment of the strangers in our midst?
"Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.
By this all will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another."
The Labor Community supports immigrant rights. How does denying working rights to immigrants affect all American workers?
"We need an America that guarantees safe workplaces and protects all workers’ rights,
regardless of race, regardless of gender or ethnicity or nationality or immigration status.
And we will not see that day until we fix the broken immigration system
that invites these grave injustices to occur."
(Arlene Holt Baker, AFL-CIO Executive Vice President)
Public Safety officials support immigration reform. How does "enforcement-only" with immigrants affect the safety of our local communities?
Police chiefs say that a crackdown on illegal immigration will increase crime in U.S. cities, not reduce it, by driving a wedge between police and immigrant communities.
Speaking of the new Arizona law that requires police to profile possible undocumented immigrants,
Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck says "This is not a law that increases public safety.
This is a bill that makes it much harder for us to do our jobs. Crime will go up if this becomes law..."