Last Thursday, I joined hundreds of other attorneys in Washington, D.C. to lobby for immigration reform as part of AILA’s National Day of Action 2014: Taking on the House. I am so glad I had the opportunity to be part of such an important movement because America simply cannot push immigration reform off to the side any longer. The Department of Homeland Security already deports almost 400,000 people each year, leaving behind broken families and communities. In addition, the U.S. misses out on numerous economic opportunities and over $5 billion in additional tax revenues because of the broken immigration system.
The call for immigration reform is getting even louder. Three out of four Americans support immigration reform. Polls also show that nearly seven out of 10 Americans are in favor of providing a path to citizenship for the undocumented in the U.S. as long as they meet certain requirements such as passing a background check, paying taxes retroactively, and learning English. The Senate passed Immigration Reform Bill S.744 last year, but the House has yet to even bring comprehensive immigration legislation to the floor for a vote. It is now time for Republicans and Democrats to work together and cooperate so that a real reform of immigration legislation and policies can finally happen.