Support immigration reform that keeps families intact. Provide more pathways to citizenship. Separate the responsibilities of Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the police.
Immigrant Inclusion: Good for Families, Communities, and the Economy
Nearly all economists agree that immigrants—including those who are undocumented—provide a net positive value in our economy. Ensuring that immigrants are able to manifest their economic potential is both the right thing to do and a smart economic strategy.
Economic Benefits of Immigrant Inclusion
- Business development
- Job creation
- Community revitalization
- Increased economic activity
- Increased revenue
- Higher wages for all
Key Challenges to Immigrant Inclusion
- Opposed political opposition
- Complex legal framework
- Extreme vulnerability
What Can We Do to Increase Immigrant Inclusion?
- Adopt state-level DREAM acts
- Create immigrant inclusion policies:
- Provide access to driver’s licenses or municipal ID cards regardless of immigration status
- Limit the participation of local law enforcement with Immigration and Customs Enforcement
- Pass language-access policies; facilitate naturalization process
- Roll back regressive state and local immigration laws