Immigration reform means that people who are already working and contributing here are allowed to do so legally. It means humanity takes precedence over ideology, suspicion and fear.
Most Americans favor immigration reform. Despite what anti-immigration activists say, undocumented workers contribute more to the economy than they cost.
Immigration reform is a civil rights issue. There are currently more than ten million undocumented immigrants living in the United States. Where are they? They’re living in the shadows – vulnerable to labor exploitation, deportation and family separation.
Many American citizens benefit from this cheap labor pool of powerless, undocumented people. They serve our food, clean our homes, care for our children, and construct offices and houses.
Want to see a how a group of migrant farmer workers fight back? Click here.
And contrary to the myth that the undocumented hurt the economy, studies show they improve productivity on job sites and increase wages up to 10% for skilled workers. Moreover, the undocumented reinvest much of what they make in this country.
We currently have two separate and unequal economies– one for citizens, another that relies heavily upon undocumented labor. The latter, at least 5% of the labor market, contribute to productivity and profit, yet have no path to citizenship. Congressional inability to agree upon reforms or pass the Dream Act means that those who came here as children, grew up in the United States and have known no other country remain locked in the periphery, unable to fully contribute their talents to the place they call home.
Listen to Aloe Blacc’s Wake Me Up here.
So what’s really the problem? Politics. Want to see how some Politicians try to win over the Latino vote through appearing to support immigration reform while maintaining their anti-immigration base? Click here.