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Our immigration system is broken.
Instead of legal channels and orderly, screened entry, the current immigration system keeps families apart and has created a black market characterized by exploitation of undocumented workers, widespread use of fake documents, and increasingly violent smuggling cartels. Enforcement alone cannot address the fundamental problems of this broken system. We need legal channels to bring people out of the shadows, a system that people can go through and not around.
Congress must act to overhaul our immigration system by passing comprehensive immigration reform.
PICC supports comprehensive immigration reform that includes:
- a path to earned citizenship for undocumented immigrants currently living in the United States. We believe that unauthorized immigrants should be required to come forward, go through fingerprinting and background checks, and obtain legal status. Eventually, after waiting in line and learning civics and English, they should be able to seek citizenship.
- reform of our admission system to reunite families, removing the quotas and backlogs that keep them separated.
- protection for American and immigrant workers by allowing workers to enter legally and safely, and protecting all workers under our labor laws to avoid worker explotation.
- creation of a visa system that people can go through and not around.
- restoration of civil and human rights in all areas of our immigration system.
While a comprehensive reform is the only way to truly fix our broken immigration system, PICC also supports smaller pieces of federal immigration legislation that will make a significant impact:
DREAM Act: The DREAM Act is a bill that would remove barriers to education and provide a path toward legal residency for immigrant students who were brought to the United States as children and raised here, but who lack permanent legal immigration status. The DREAM Act provides a lifeline to students who find themselves in limbo, with no hope of realizing their dreams for higher education.