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On Left and Right, Consensus Support for Immigration Reform

July 10, 2014

A year after the Senate passed a sweeping immigration reform bill, the House had yet to act. During that time, American public opinion, as measured in dozens of mainstream and other polls, has been strongly supportive of immigration reform that will lead to a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants under certain conditions. This support extends across party lines. This document highlights public opinion surveys measuring the issue going back since the Senate vote.

The Importance of Citizenship

February 04, 2014

As the House begins to consider what to do with the broken immigration system, this paper focuses on citizenship as a benefit not just to immigrants but also to the nation’s economy. By legalizing immigrants without providing them an opportunity to become citizens, we lose out on the additional economic boost the path to citizenship would bring to the U.S.

Public Support for Immigration Reform with Path to Citizenship Steady as House Gets Ready for Reform

January 31, 2014

This document summarizes results from more than three dozen public opinion polls on the question of whether undocumented immigrants should be allowed to earn their way to legal status and eventual citizenship. These surveys, conducted throughout 2013 and in to 2014 as House leadership released their immigration principles, have shown unflagging support from a majority of Americans for a legalization process that includes a path to citizenship. (Updated January 31, 2014)

S. 744 - Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act

July 02, 2013

This document briefly highlights the provisions of the Senate immigration reform bill, introduced on April 17, 2013, after it passed the Senate on June 27, 2013. (Updated July 2, 2013)

Attitudes on immigration reform: an analysis of survey research

April 25, 2013

This survey, commissioned by Americans for Tax Reform, the National Immigration Forum and the Partnership for a New American Economy, found that, when respondents heard a description of the Senate immigration reform bill, overall support was 83%. It was a survey of 800 registered voters, with an oversampling of Republican voters (400 total). Among Republican voters, support for the bill was even greater than support overall—87%.

Immigration Enforcement Today: 2007 Reform Goals Largely Accomplished

February 01, 2013

At the onset of a new debate on broad immigration reform, this paper examines the progress made toward border security and immigration enforcement benchmarks set in 2007 immigration reform legislation. As this paper explains, the benchmarks set in that legislation have largely been met. New legislation that sets up a similar sequenced structure of enforcement plus reform will have to acknowledge the progress that has already been made.

Conservatives Discuss Need to Work on Immigration Reform

November 07, 2012

This document contains a collection of quotes from conservatives and Republican Party thinkers on the need for Republicans to deal with immigration reform and to reach out to Latinos and other minorities in the wake of Mitt Romney’s failure to win the presidency.

Immigration Backlogs are Separating American Families 

July 26, 2012

This Backgrounder explains how our out-of-date family immigration system is preventing families from re-unifying in a timely manner. There is an explanation of how current visa quotas, last updated in 1990, impacts the various categories of family preference immigration. Included are recommendations for updating the admissions system in the family categories and for removing other legal barriers to family unification.

America’s Immigration System Undermines Competitiveness

November 07, 2011

This paper explains problems caused by our broken employment-based immigration system as they concern immigrants with special skills needed by American employers. Long backlogs due to an outdated visa quota system are driving talented immigrants to our competitors. The paper contains a set of recommendations to alleviate the problems.

The DREAM Act: Investing in America’s Future

September 22, 2011

This paper briefly explains the basic requirements contained in the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act and explains why it is needed to provide a path to legal status for undocumented immigrant students.

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