The rich tapestry of our country came together through immigration. We are a unique country precisely because we embrace so many differences. Our diversity makes us stronger, more innovative, and more creative. My son-in-law and the father of my three grandchildren immigrated here as a young adult. His story and countless stories from millions of other families reach back for generations, creating our uniquely American story. We weave together in new ways and it helps keep us vital.
We need common sense, comprehensive immigration reform. Any reform should have three components:
- It must uphold existing laws, protecting our borders and enforcing our laws against recruiting, hiring, and exploiting undocumented workers.
- It needs to be fair to all taxpayers and to legal immigrants. There should be a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, but one that would require them to pay taxes and go to the back of the line.
- It needs to help us retain talent trained at our world-class institutions and support job creation.
That kind of immigration reform would be true to the rule of law, to our tradition as a nation of immigrants, and to our need to invest in the future.