Opinion: Immigration plan should go further
April 17th, 2013
09:00 AM ET

Opinion: Immigration plan should go further

Editor's note: Angela M. Kelley is vice president for immigration policy and advocacy at the Center for American Progress, a progressive research and policy institute.

(CNN) - Working diligently for over four months, a bipartisan group of senators - the so-called Gang of Eight - has accomplished a remarkable feat: They have produced an immigration bill that is pragmatic, creative and forward looking. The bill, introduced early Wednesday, is - like any big piece of legislation - a compromise.

Stakeholders will find parts they love and parts they loathe.

First, the parts to love: The senators have largely navigated a dizzyingly complex arena - U.S. immigration policy - in ways that while not perfect, would substantially improve the dysfunctional status quo.

Among other things, the bill would bring the nation's 11.1 million undocumented immigrants out of the shadows and put them on a road to citizenship. It would increase and streamline border security, mandate a national employment verification system and eliminate the visa backlogs that have caused decades-long family separations. And it would promote economic competitiveness by revamping employment-based immigration so that business can bring in needed workers while still protecting the wages and jobs of American workers.

It is a remarkable starting point but with several crucial missed opportunities.

soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. Texas Gal

    There are more than 11 million illegals in the US. They have been saying this that we have 11 million illegals over 10 or more years. There are probably about 40 or more million illegals now and if they get amnesty there will be another 60 million more in 20 years who will demand amnesty again. This movement of illegals taking over the United States will probably never stop...

    April 17, 2013 at 11:47 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Fair

    We don't want illegals here.

    April 17, 2013 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  3. GI JON

    It should go further it should require the sterilization of all illegals so they don't keep on crapping out thirty kids each

    April 17, 2013 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • AniyunweahCherokee

      They crap out 30 kids because they need workers to contribute. Thats why euros had 30 kids a piece 80 years ago. Theres another grp that has 30 kids so they can collect 30 checks....id be more worried about them.

      April 18, 2013 at 4:12 am | Report abuse |