PROBLEM: Approximately five million American children live with at least one undocumented parent.
SOLUTION: Require undocumented individuals to come forward and register with the government, pass a background check, pay fines and back taxes, and demonstrate proficiency in English. Upon completing this process, they could work and live legally in this country, and eventually apply for permanent residency and full citizenship.
PROBLEM: Workers in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles have lost $56.4 million/week in labor law violations. U.S. and immigrant workers suffer when immigration enforcement trumps labor rights.
SOLUTION: Protect U.S. and immigrant workers by informing people of existing labor protection policies, and increasing penalties for employers who break the law.
PROBLEM: Our current system allows approximately 5,000 annual visas to low skilled laborers. Yet estimated annual demand for these workers runs close to 500,000.
SOLUTION: Create flexible channels for future legal immigration that allow more foreign workers into the U.S. during strong economic times.
PROBLEM: A shrinking U.S. workforce and increased congressional spending have created high government deficits.
SOLUTION: Legalizing the millions of undocumented workers in our economy would compel them and their employers to contribute payroll and income taxes, generating more than a trillion dollars in tax revenues.