There are nearly 40 million first-generation immigrants living in our country today, including about 12 million people who are undocumented. Between 2000 and 2010, nearly 14 million immigrants entered the United States. In 2008, more than one million people were naturalized as U.S. citizens. About 60% of all illegal immigrants are from Mexico and about 20% are from Central America. Family reunification is the reason for most legal immigration to the US. The number of immigrants who became legal permanent residents in 2009 as a result of family reunification (66%) exceeded those who became legal residents on the basis of employment skills (13%) or for humanitarian reasons (17%). Opponents of illegal immigration believe immigration laws should be better enforced and some believe undocumented immigrants living here should be deported. Some say that even legal immigration should be sharply curtailed. Immigration supporters claim our economy needs every person who contributes to our society, as most immigrants do. They remind us that our nation was created by, and attained greatness through, the acceptance and contributions of immigrants. Last Congress, our Senate passed a comprehensive immigration reform bill that increases our border patrol budget, offers a protracted path to citizenship for the 12 million undocumented people currently living here, and provides eventual citizenship for immigrants who came to America as children. This bill was not considered by the House.
House version of S.744 – Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act
I oppose reforming current immigration policy and wish to defeat the House version of S.744
I support a path to citizenship for all undocumented people currently living in the United Sates, citizenship for immigrants who came to the United States as children, increases in our border patrol budget, and wish to pass the House version of S.744
I support identifying a legislator who will sponsor a bill to better enforce all immigration laws including those relating to the deportation of undocumented immigrants