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Support for Immigration Reform

We have always been a nation of immigrants. Our diversity and our strength come from this principle. Today, our country is proud to have been home and to still be home to the likes of Albert Einstein, Audrey Hepburn, Madeleine Albright, and Joseph Pulitzer. This is not to overlook the less-noticed contributions immigrants make to our society in the arts, culture, and in our overall economy. The misguided focus on removal and the legislature’s failure to fix outdated and inefficient legislation stifles the many types of growth caused by immigration to our great country. Immigrant entrepreneurs drive innovation. According to the Kaufman Foundation for Entrepreneurship, almost a quarter of all the engineering and technology companies founded in the USA between 2006 and 2012, had at least one founder who was foreign-born. How can this be a bad thing? More entrepreneurship and more innovation keep America strong, contributing to overall revenue and providing employment to many.

How can we complain about the deterioration of the family in the United States, yet continue to destroy thousands of immigrant families through unnecessary deportation and prolonged separation due to processing delays? Hundreds of thousands of families have been through this struggle in the United States.

It is time for Congress to step up, and for all of us to do whatever we can, however little, to support immigration reform. Be it speaking our own truth and sharing our own story, or lobbying our legislative representatives to do what is right and what is rational for our country.

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