Big-Name G.O.P. Donors Urge Members of Congress to Back Immigration Overhaul

More than 100 Republican donors — many of them prominent names in their party’s establishment — sent a letter to Republican members of Congress on Tuesday urging them to support an overhaul of the nation’s immigration laws.

Dear Republican Members of Congress,

We write to urge you to take action to fix our broken
immigration system.

We believe that it is the responsibility of our elected
leaders to ensure that our laws keep us safe and help our
economy grow. Our current immigration system does neither.
It rewards law-breakers at the expense of those who follow
the rules. It turns away talented workers who can help our
economy. And, by not controlling our borders, it makes all
Americans less safe.

Doing nothing is de facto amnesty. We need to take control
of whom we let in our country and we need to make sure
everybody plays by the same rules. To fix our immigration
system we need meaningful reforms that will (1) secure our
borders, (2) provide a legal way for U.S.-based companies
to hire the workers they need while making it impossible to
hire workers here illegally, and (3) take control of our
undocumented immigration problem by providing a path to
legal status for undocumented immigrants who pay penalties
and back taxes, pass criminal background checks, and go to
the back of the line.

Standing in the way of reform ensures that we perpetuate a
broken system that stifles our economy, leave millions of
people living in America unaccounted for, maintain a porous
border, and risk a long-lasting perception that Republicans
would rather see nothing done than pass needed reform. That
is not the path for the Republican Party.

Immigrants are often entrepreneurial, family-minded, and
guided by faith. These are Republican values. Immigrants
play key roles at every level of the American economy -
from high-skill workers to seasonal laborers, from big city
neighborhoods to small town main streets, immigrants help
drive our economic growth. These are Republican issues.
Republicans ought to be welcoming immigrants and be seen as
doing so.

We firmly believe that with meaningful action on
immigration reform, there is opportunity for both good
policy and good politics for Republicans.

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