Dynamic economies need immigrant labor, and open societies are stronger than closed societies. We must be willing to grant foreign workers and their families a basic package of human and civil rights that enables them to flourish, settle, and become full members of our society.
It is one thing to need foreign labor, but is it right to admit foreign workers without granting them protections against exploitation?
This is another place where so much of our nation’s debate has stalled, especially when it comes to determining whether unauthorized immigrants should have a shot at legalization.
That represents about 3.5 percent of the world’s population.
Every day, tens of millions of people cross borders, adding up to roughly two billion annually.