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Alan Khazei on Immigration

 


Immigration critical to our future; ok to earn citizenship

Alan is the son of immigrants. His father came from Iran, leaving behind a dictatorship and coming to a country of democracy and freedom. He taught Alan that the US was the only country that would welcome him and embrace him from day one.

Immigration has been critical to America's past, and it will continue to be critical to our future. We need commonsense immigration reform, including an earned path to citizenship. It's time to bring millions of undocumented immigrants out of the shadows and into th light of our democracy. Many of these hardworking men and women do the most difficult jobs we have in our society.

In conjunction with allowing undocumented immigrants to earn citizenship, we need to do a better job securing our border. We must improve our ability to verify workers' employment eligibility and punish employers who knowingly violate our laws. We should also work to encourage economic development abroad so that foreign citizens are able to enjoy greater opportunities at home.

Source: Campaign website, www.alanforsenate.com, "Learn More" Nov 15, 2009

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