Their interest in immigration reform is the clearest cut of all the groups profiled. They by and large want to remain in the United States where they have jobs, businesses, and children. Many of them would choose to become American citizens were that pathway open to them. Currently the only legal path open to them is to return to their country of origin and apply for citizenship. This is obviously an untenable path for people who have the majority of their assets, family, and increasingly cultural ties to the United States. Many undocumented persons were brought to the United States by their parents and have grown up as Americans, often being unable to speak their parent’s native language. For many the prospect of being deported represents a catastrophe with the potential to destroy their lives. They desperately want immigration reform to ensure their status i...
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...te for more desirable higher paying jobs(Dinan). From a taxpayer perspective this will allow 11 million new citizens full access to benefits and the social safety net ultimately leading to a higher demand for government services and consequentially greater taxes(Heritage).
My priority is security of the border, ensuring American citizens are prioritized first, and maintaining the smooth functioning of our economy. By keeping the aspects of the bill that beef up border security we will be able to finally enjoy a secure and defended border. By limiting the ability of citizens to bring in their relatives we will reduce the incentive to illegal immigration and ensure our policies are focused on what is best for Americans. And finally by allowing a guest worker program we will create an outlet for labor to flow into the United States where it is needed economically.
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