• expand, or at least maintain, current legal immigration quotas; • increase permanently the number of H-1B visas and deregulate employment-based immigration to facilitate the entry of skilled immigrants; • remove the new one-year time limit on filing for political asylum and reform the “expedited removal” laws; • repeal employer sanctions; • stop the move toward a computerized national identification system and the use of government-issued documents, such as birth certificates and Social Security cards, as de facto national ID cards; and • reduce restrictions on the movement of workers within the North American Free Trade Agreement area.
America was founded and shaped by immigrants seeking freedom and opportunity. Since records were first kept in 1820, our nation has absorbed more than 60 million immigrants. Those new Americans have almost universally embraced American culture and values, serving bravely in our armed forces, founding some of our most successful companies, and pioneering advances in science, technology and industry. Immigrants have been crucial to America's success in the global economy.
Immigration strengthens and enriches American culture, increases the total output of the economy, and raises the standard of living of American citizens. Immigrants benefit the United States in several ways: (1) Since they are willing to take a chance in a new land, they are self-selected on the basis of motivation, risk taking, work ethic, and other attributes beneficial to a nation. (2) They tend to come to the United States during their prime working years (the average age is 28) and thus contribute immediately to