In the past, people moved to the United States for the same reasons as today: to join their families, to work, and to seek safety and refuge from war, violence, and natural disasters.
According to the US Census, there were 45 million immigrants in the US in 2017, or approximately 14 percent of the population. In 2018, nearly 90 million people (28 percent of the US population) are immigrants or their American-born children. Two-thirds of undocumented immigrants have lived in the US for more than ten years, and many live with their 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.