The American Story
Immigration has always been a part of the American story. We are a nation of immigrants, but also a nation of laws. For too long, our immigration system has been broken—11 million undocumented immigrants live in constant uncertainty, employers are free to exploit the system, and legal immigration can't keep up with the demands of our economic growth. Now, we have a historic chance to fix all of that.
What it will do
Provide a pathway to earned citizenship
Comprehensive immigration reform will provide undocumented immigrants with a legal way to earn citizenship. It requires that everyone play by the same rules, including passing a background check, paying taxes and a penalty, going to the back of the line, and learning English.
Continue to strengthen our borders
Immigration reform will give law enforcement the tools they need to make our communities safer from crime, enhance our infrastructure and technology, and strengthen our ability to remove criminals and apprehend and prosecute threats to our national security.
Streamline legal immigration
Immigration reform will make our system easier and more efficient. That includes providing visas to foreign entrepreneurs looking to start businesses here, helping the most promising foreign graduate students in science and math stay in this country after graduation, and reuniting families.
Crack down on employers who hire undocumented workers
Immigration reform will stop businesses from exploiting the system by knowingly hiring undocumented workers. Employers will have a reliable way to verify that their employees are here legally, and everyone will be required to play by the same set of rules.
Where we’re at
Democrats and Republicans came together to pass a bipartisan immigration reform bill in the Senate. Now, it's up to the House of Representatives to finish the job. It's more important than ever for supporters to make their voices heard in their communities and by their representatives. We have a unique opportunity to fix our broken system—now we need to finish the job.
Get the facts
- Immigration reform would reduce the deficit by more than $800 billion over the next 20 years. (source: Congressional Budget Office)
- Immigration reform would add more than 3.2 million new jobs and strengthen Social Security. (source: Social Security Administration)
- 74% of Americans support a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants "as long as they meet certain requirements like paying back taxes, learning English, and passing a background check." (source: Fox News Poll, 6/13)