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Idea of the Day: The Senate’s Bipartisan Immigration Bill Is Worthy of America

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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.

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