After more than 10 years of on-and-off debate in Washington, the most important piece of the puzzle is still rarely discussed and poorly understood. Immigration reform must include worker visas for less-skilled foreigners who want to come to work legally in the United States.
We need a system that makes it easy for entrepreneurs, scientists, farm workers, engineers, hotel workers, business travelers and all the workers our economy needs to easily come here and help our companies compete.
A comprehensive plan should create a path to earned citizenship, enforceable border security, a realistic guest worker plan, accountability for employers that hire illegal immigrants and passage of the DREAM Act.
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Advocates are traveling in from around the country. Momentum is building. The crowd that gathers on the mall in Washington on Sunday calling on Congress to pass immigration reform will include immigrants and native-born Latinos, union activists and faith groups. They’ll use the language of the civil rights movement. They’ll appeal to America’s ideals. And it should be a powerful, persuasive message, particularly for Democrats in Congress.
But let’s not forget, to pass immigration reform, we also needRepublican lawmakers. And those on the Mall aren’t the only voices calling for reform; theirs aren’t the only reasons why it’s essential for America.
In the years since Congress last considered an overhaul – since the bitter failures of 2006 and 2007 – a new type of immigration advocate has emerged: small-business owners.