Today, communities across America are dealing with many challenges brought about by our broken immigration system. Unfortunately, Republicans across the country are attempting to implement a patchwork of misguided solutions that undermine Americans’ basic notions of fairness and equality, like the misguided Arizona immigration law. Since 2006, students from across the nation have been actively involved in support of this issue, and we support President Obama’s efforts to reform our broken immigration system.
President Obama and Democrats in Congress recognize the importance of achieving comprehensive immigration reform, and they continue to reach out to Republicans to reach a solution that will address Americans’ concerns with the status quo. At President Obama’s direction, the Department of Homeland Security has begun to lay the foundation for reform by strengthening our border security and prosecuting employers that hire undocumented workers. President Obama’s administration is working towards the comprehensive solution our country needs – one that holds businesses accountable and imparts responsibility to individuals who are here illegally: They should pay a fine and back taxes, learn English, and go to the back of the line and take a legal path towards citizenship.
As the President has said, America is an inspiration to people around the globe who seek hope, opportunity, and their own version of the American Dream. Together, we can achieve comprehensive immigration reform that reflects those inspirational elements of our nation and is in keeping with our history and heritage.