For generations, people have moved to the United States for the same reasons: to join their families, to work, and to seek safety and refuge from war, violence, and natural disasters. According to the Census, the US was home to 45 million immigrants in 2017, or about 14 percent of our population. In 2018, nearly 90 million people (28 percent of population) were immigrants or their American-born children. Two-thirds of undocumented immigrants have lived in the US for over ten years, and many live with children who are American citizens.
Americans are better off when everyone is given the opportunity to succeed and allowed to contribute to society. Yet our broken immigration system prevents millions of people from realizing their full potential. We need a system that upholds our country’s best values and actually works.