Idea of the Day: The Senate’s Bipartisan Immigration Bill Is Worthy of America
For the past several months, four Senate Democrats—Chuck Schumer (NY), Dick Durbin (IL), Bob Menendez (NJ), and Michael Bennet (CO)—have worked with four Senate Republicans—John McCain (AZ), Lindsay Graham (SC), Marco Rubio (FL), and Jeff Flake (AZ)—to develop a proposal to repair our nation’s failing immigration system. The product of the bipartisan “Gang of 8” negotiations is a bill titled “Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013,” filed in the Senate early this morning.
While it is far from perfect, this historic bipartisan compromise will go far in establishing an immigration policy worthy of our heritage and fit for the 21st century. Here are the top 10 ways that the Senate’s comprehensive immigration bill fixes our nation’s badly broken immigration system.
- It restores core American values.
- It raises the wage floor for all workers.
- It preserves family unity.
- It promotes full American incorporation.
- It protects DREAMers and farmworkers.
- It levels the playing field for all employers.
- It boosts economic growth.
- It modernizes our immigration system.
- It enhances national security.
- It strengthens border security.
For more on this topic, please see:
- Top 10 Ways the Senate’s Immigration Reform Bill Will Fix Our Broken System by Marshall Fitz, Ann Garcia, and Philip E. Wolgin
To speak with our experts on this topic, please contact:
Print: Katie Peters (economy, education, poverty, Half in Ten Education Fund)
202.741.6285 or email@example.com
Print: Anne Shoup (foreign policy and national security, energy, LGBT issues, health care, gun-violence prevention)
202.481.7146 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Print: Crystal Patterson (immigration)
202.478.6350 or email@example.com
Print: Madeline Meth (women's issues, Legal Progress, higher education)
202.741.6277 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Spanish-language and ethnic media: Tanya Arditi
202.741.6258 or email@example.com
TV: Lindsay Hamilton
202.483.2675 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Radio: Chelsea Kiene
202.478.5328 or email@example.com