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Executive Action: Not how we imagined immigration win, but a victory all the same

Posted by: Gordon on 11/19/2014
Rally in May 2013 at Senate Judiciary Committee
In May 2013, Gamaliel leaders gathered in Washington. D.C. as the Senate Judiciary Committee marked up one of many attempts at immigration reform. See pictures from 5 years of immigration-reform actions here. 

It's here at last. Executive action on immigration reform is not the victory we imagined when we began fighting for this 10 years ago, but this is an historic victory for our movement. Millions of people’s lives will be changed, yet we will continue fighting for those left out until we achieve a path to citizenship for all 11+ million.

We’re honored that our contributions are being recognized by having three of our key leaders with President Obama in Las Vegas Friday. Leaders of our affiliates – 43 organizations in 16 states – are already mobilizing to educate our officials, particularly those of us in Republican-led districts, on why they should support this action, not undercut it.

We need action, not the status quo. We agree with our colleagues at Alliance for Citizenship: President Obama is finally doing something to fix our broken immigration system, it’s what the American people want from their elected officials—to take action and solve tough problems, and everyone agrees our immigration system is broken.

The President’s action will improve our economy. If undocumented immigrants become registered and documented taxpayers, that’s good for our economy. According to a report by the Center for American Progress, if undocumented immigrants who have been in the U.S. for at least five years are eligible to apply for work permits, these workers would add $6 billion more in payroll taxes in the first year of the program alone. Over five years, these workers will contribute $45 billion in payroll taxes to the U.S. economy.

We're not done... but we're on our way.
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