The Senate is probably the last place people think of as somewhere problems get solved. But the bipartisan Group of 8's plan to fix for our broken immigration system shows what can happen when we refuse to engage in the foolishness of political gamesmanship so many Americans are rightfully tired of.
Our bill is a true compromise. It secures the border and provides a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants who pass a background check, pay a fine and taxes, and prove they are working or attending school. And instead of creating global competitors by raising senseless and arbitrary barriers for the world's best and brightest, we're going to encourage entrepreneurs to invest their capital and create jobs in America.
Please visit this resource page on Facebook to learn more. When you're done, if this is an effort you can support, add your name as a citizen co-sponsor of the bill. If you don't use Facebook, you can visit the same page on my website.
Our current immigration system is a hodgepodge of outdated, impractical, and convoluted laws. It's a system that tears families apart, stifles innovation, and keeps us at a competitive disadvantage in the global economy.
No state feels the pinch quite like Colorado. I've met farmers who worry about not having enough workers to harvest their crops. I've had high-tech companies tell me they struggle to recruit the world's most highly skilled graduates because of an outdated visa system. I've seen families torn apart and opportunities disappear for students with great potential because of an inflexible system that isn't aligned with our values.
Something has to be done.
In December of last year, we united a diverse group of leaders from business, faith, law enforcement, and immigrant rights groups around a set of principles around immigration reform called the Colorado Compact. We proved then that our state could have a civil discussion about a controversial and complex issue.
Now, we need to have that same discussion on the national level. Please help us get the conversation going by learning more about the bill and adding your name as a citizen co-sponsor on my Facebook page. If you don't use Facebook, visit the same page on my website.
America is and always has been a nation of immigrants. We are also a country committed to the rule of law. Nothing would be a stronger affirmation of these essential American ideals than passing this common sense reform.
Michael F. Bennet
If we can build momentum and rally support for the Group of 8's plan, it has a real chance of passing the Senate and the House, and being signed into law by the President. Please take a minute to read a few details and add your name as a citizen co-signer of the bill.
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