These are the immigration facts: Immigrants and immigration are good for our country, our communities, and our economy. Efforts to cut legal immigration – particularly in the midst of the unprecedented coronavirus pandemic – will keep American families separated, hurt public health, and damage crucial recovery efforts to jumpstart our economy as the country begins to reopen. New arrivals to the U.S. help drive business creation, fuel innovation, fill essential workforce needs, and strengthen the middle class. Family-based immigration promotes family unity and integration, all core principles of American values. And many immigrants will go on to become citizens, taking the solemn oath of allegiance to America and the Constitution.
The success of our nation comes, in large part, from our longstanding tradition of encouraging people seeking a better life to leave everything they know to contribute to the United States. Severely limiting legal immigration puts this at risk. Instead, we should protect and expand current immigration levels and work to pass immigration reform that makes it safer, faster, and more efficient for prospective immigrants to enter the U.S. and begin contributing.
Restricting legal immigration – as President Trump’s executive order does – will severely limit our country’s ability to respond effectively to the public health and economic crisis brought on by the coronavirus, which has already left more than 100,000 people dead and 1 in 4 American workers claiming unemployment. We cannot afford to shut out the life-saving contributions that immigrants and immigration bring to our country.