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Immigration Reform for a Fair Economy

Our immigration system is broken, and that’s bad for our country and our economy.

It’s time to bring undocumented workers out of the shadows and allow them to join the legal, regulated workforce, with a fair shot and fair wages and the same rules as everyone else. We can fix our immigration system with a common sense, comprehensive set of reforms that ensures everyone plays by the same rules. Not only will it be more fair, it will increase investment in our economy.

Hillary Clinton defends President Obama’s executive action on immigration, shares her vision.

In May 2015, Hillary Clinton called for granting “full and equal citizenship” to undocumented immigrants, defending President Obama’s executive action that provides deportation protections to undocumented parents of U.S. citizens, giving legal representation to immigrants in immigration court, and reforming immigration enforcement and detention practices to make them more humane.

Clinton says, “The American people support comprehensive immigration reform—not just because it is the right thing to do, but because it strengthens families, our economy, and our country. Congress must pass comprehensive immigration reform that provides a path to citizenship, treats every person with dignity, upholds the rule of law, protects our borders and national security, and brings millions of hardworking people into the formal economy.”

Our nation's immigration system is broken.

Too many employers game the system by exploiting undocumented workers and there are 11 million people living in the shadows. Neither is good for the economy or the country.

All people in this country deserve a fair share, a fair shot, and to have their employers play by the same rules.  Comprehensive immigration reform that includes strengthened border security, cracking down on unscrupulous employers and protecting workers’ rights, an earned path to citizenship and streamlining the legal immigration process is the only way to ensure we level the playing field and strengthen our economy.

Immigration reform is needed to build a strong, fair economy.

When we bring undocumented workers out of the shadows and allow them to join the legal, regulated workforce, employers who would otherwise game the system can no longer cheat their workers on wages or working conditions. When the playing field is level, both American and immigrant workers can expect their wages to rise. Higher wages will mean more revenue for government, additional consumer spending, and more jobs -- to the tune, economists estimate, of an additional $1.5 trillion for our economy over 10 years.

Our plan: Help build real bipartisan support.

President Obama’s 2014 administrative actions to defer the deportation of up to five million undocumented immigrants was a common sense step towards comprehensive immigration reform. However, ultimately we need Congressional action to really fix our immigration system.

We know the public is with us -- polling shows that 60% to 80% of Americans favor a path to citizenship.  We need to continue to educate and organize in order to get a vote in Congress.  We know that it will take many hands and many voices organizing in all corners of the country in order to win immigration reform.