Help Us Improve the Bill

On April 17, my colleagues and I introduced immigration legislation. It marked a first step toward achieving the strongest border security and enforcement measures in U.S. history, modernizing our legal immigration system to unleash strong economic growth and job creation, and dealing with our undocumented immigrant population in a tough, but fair way that is directly linked to achieving several security triggers. 

While I believe this legislation will accomplish these things, I am also confident that an open and transparent process – one that engages every senator and the American people – will make it even better. I believe this kind of open debate is critical in helping the American people understand what’s in the bill, what it means for you and what it means for our future.

During my time in the Senate, many of you have written to me about your concerns with our immigration system.  Today, I want to share this video with you in which I outline what this legislation sets out to do. And most importantly, I want to invite you to share your thoughts and submit your ideas below, on ways we can improve it.

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  • Sumit

    05/22/2013 02:22 PM
    There are plenty of high-skilled immigrants who, unlike illegal immigrants, will not get citizenship after living here for 13-15 years. This seems inherently unfair in the sense that you enter a country legally, pay all the taxes, abide by the rules and all of a sudden the distance you have to cover in this race turns out to be exactly the same as for those who broke the laws and did not stand in the line.
    Where is the fairness and justice in that? In practical terms, there is hardly any difference between a RPI and a green card holder. How fair is that either? I do not harbor any illwill against those present illegally but the current bill has an imbalanced approach on this issue.
  • Yvonne Lauterbach

    05/22/2013 01:36 PM
    I'm troubled by the actions of various government agencies [ to put it mildly].
    To think that you want to pass this
    massive bill is even more scary. Since the current administration picks and chooses which laws they will enforce, I find it naive [at best] to pass a bill on such an important issue and expect proper enforcement.
  • Tracy McBride

    05/22/2013 01:17 PM
    I completely disagree with ANY immigration reform UNLESS it is to immediately deport ALL that are here illegally! This is complete & utter nonsense! Just wait til the AMERICAN people speak up come election time! All of you lying traitors are OUT OF HERE!
  • Stephen Joyce

    05/22/2013 12:35 PM
    I have no problem with the bill you produced IF the boarders are locked up tight before legalization and the "immigrants" can not get government benefits
  • David Kay

    05/22/2013 12:01 PM
    After you were elected, the first thing you do is turn your back on the people who elected you. You stand with RINOs McCain and Graham and are determined to ram this amnesty bill down our throats. We may well as vote for a democrat, no difference in the result.

    I'll be sitting at home in 2014.