Immigration Reform

What would you do if you lived in constant fear of being separated from your family in the country you’ve called home for years, even decades? That’s the harsh reality for millions of undocumented workers who live in the shadows in this country when they could be contributing to the U.S. tax system and even more to the economy. Our broken immigration system must be fixed not just because it’s the humanitarian thing to do, but it’s also smart economics.

The majority of Americans want commonsense immigration reform to fix our immigration system.  But Republicans in Congress have sat on their hands for years, refusing to act, and allowing anti-immigrant rhetoric and policies to become commonplace in their party.  President Obama knew we couldn’t wait any longer for Congress to act, and took Executive Action, but Republicans have launched legal battles to try to stop progress and smart solutions.

Now they’ve nominated and embraced Donald Trump, who has called Mexicans rapists, and wants to deport 11 million hard-working undocumented workers living the shadows, who contribute to their communities and our country.  This would tear families and communities apart and is the wrong thing to do.

This issue is important to so many in our country, and it is affecting people right now, every day.  But Republicans have refused to consider President Obama’s eminently qualified Supreme Court nominee Judge Merrick Garland.  They are holding the seat open in the hopes of a Trump victory in November.  And as a result, we’re seeing real-life consequences of their self-serving political scheme to “Trump the Court.”

In June, we saw the Supreme Court’s heartbreaking split decision on the President’s Executive Action on immigration. The 4-4 tie vote meant an overreaching lower court ruling stands, in effect blocking the President’s program deferring the deportation of 5 million undocumented immigrants who have family members born in the U.S. 

As a result, millions of immigrants that contribute to the economy and want to get right with the law and pay taxes will once again be cast into the shadows and live in constant fear of their families being ripped apart.  The Supreme Court was still a Justice down over four months after Scalia died and was unable to deliver a clear decision on an issue as nationally important as immigration – and our families and our economy will suffer for it.

There is so much as stake.  If Donald Trump is allowed to occupy the White House and make what could be up to 3 Supreme Court appointments, the issue of immigration will be ignored, 11 million immigrants will be rounded up and deported and families will be ripped apart.

These are not the ideals on which our country was founded, and Republicans are wrong to vilify human beings who are trying to provide a better life for their families.  What we need is commonsense reform, not vitriolic rhetoric.

Questions to Ask

  1. Do you agree with Donald Trump that “When Mexico sends its people, they are not sending their best. They are sending people that have lots of problems … They are bringing drugs and they are bringing crime, and they’re rapists.”
  2. Do you believe that the DREAMers, folks brought here as children through no fault of their own who know no other country than the US as their home, should have to turn their back on America and be made to leave?
  3. Businesses around the country have said that immigration reform is good for business, so that excuse is off the table. Why have you not come out in favor of comprehensive immigration reform?
  4. What is your alternative to the plan passed in the United States Senate?