“I believe immigration reform is necessary—for businesses, the immigrant population, and our community as a whole. It is an issue that is very near and dear to my heart and I believe that with clear, understandable pathways to legal status we will: project that we are an embracing community, eradicate the undocumented immigrant issue, and allow for greater global competition for our corporations.” — Angela Smith Jones, Director of Public Policy at the Greater Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce
Our current immigration system fails to meet the needs of the nation’s economy, workforce and families.Congress and the administration must work together to build a 21st-century immigration system that advances the social and economic interests of all Americans.
See our paper “Creating a 21st-Century Immigration System” describing more fully the key aspects that must be included in immigration reform.
An immigration system that helps America prosper strikes the right balance between interior enforcement and border security, earned legalization and a path to citizenship, and family and employer immigration. Unauthorized status is the greatest barrier to immigrants reaching their fullest potential.
It minimizes their economic contributions, distracts valuable law enforcement resources and weakens our global competitiveness. To maintain the U.S.’s position as a leader both economically and politically in the world, we must build our own skills and win the global competition for talent.