Looking at Immigration In a Different Light


If the battle over state bills attempting to deal with illegal immigration tells us anything, it’s that the federal immigration system is broken. Neither current American citizens nor the 11 million undocumented immigrants living here, who have no means to ever obtain citizenship, are served by the system we currently have in place. In polls the majority of Americans favor putting undocumented individuals on a path to citizenship if they agree to learn English, pay a fine, and pay back any taxes they owe the US government. That’s a practical solution that’s fair for everyone and represents the values that make America such a desirable place to live.

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Read the Opportunity Agenda essay: "Immigrants in America: Common Values, Common Dreams"
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Endnotes & References


What If?

Q. What if we tried to deport all of the undocumented immigrants in America?

A.  A record 392,000 people were deported in 2010. Even at this pace, it would take 20 years and cost over $200 billion to “solve” our immigration problem with deportation.


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