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Another Voice Joins the Reform Chorus

July 13, 2009 - Posted by Maurice Belanger

On July 8th, the Council on Foreign Relations released a report from its Independent Task Force on U.S. Immigration Policy. The report urges Congress and the administration to take up immigration reform that achieves three goals:





  • Reforms the legal immigration system so that it operates more efficiently, responds more accurately to labor market needs, and enhances U.S. competitiveness;

  • Restores the integrity of immigration laws through an enforcement regime that strongly discourages employers and employees from operating outside that legal system, secures America’s borders, and levies significant penalties against those who violate the rules;

  • Offers a fair, humane, and orderly way to allow many of the roughly twelve million migrants currently living illegally in the United States to earn the right to remain legally.


 


The Task Force is a bipartisan group consisting of, among other, Jeb Bush, former governor of Florida, and Thomas “Mack” McLarty, former White House chief of staff under President Clinton.  The Task Force also includes a number of key leaders in the immigration reform debate.


 


You can read more about the report and the Task Force here:


http://www.cfr.org/publication/19556


 


You can obtain the entire report here:


http://www.cfr.org/content/publications/attachments/Immigration_TFR63.pdf

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