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This afternoon a bipartisan group of eight U.S. senators — dubbed the "Gang of 8" — expressed a shared desire to pursue immigration reform and announced an agreed-upon set of four principles. These principles, as articulated in a prepared statement by New York senator Chuck Schumer, are as follows:
1. Create a tough but fair path to citizenship for illegal immigrants currently living in the United States that is contingent upon securing our borders. 2. Reform our legal immigration system to better recognize the importance of characteristics that will help build the American economy and strengthen American families. 3. Create an effective employment verification system that will prevent identity theft and the hiring of future unauthorized workers. 4. Establish an improved process for admitting future workers to serve our workforce needs while simultaneously protecting all workers.
You can watch the entire press conference, which includes statements by other senators, via C-SPAN here.
Matthew Denhart is an expert on immigration policy and is the author of the Bush Institute’s America's Advantage: A Handbook of Vital Immigration and Economic Growth Statistics, now in its third edition. He currently serves as executive director of the Calvin Coolidge Presidential Foundation and is a founder of the Coolidge Scholars Program which provides full-ride merit scholarships to America's most promising college students. A summa cum laude graduate of Ohio University, Denhart has written and spoken widely on a variety of policy topics including the economics of higher education, labor, and taxes. He has contributed articles to numerous national publications including The Wall Street Journal, Forbes.com, CNN Opinion, and Bloomberg View.Full Bio