Room for Consensus: Principles for the Immigration Debate
August 16, 2013 | Publication | Migration

A statement issued by the Bipartisan Policy Center’s (BPC) Immigration Task Force sets forth several principles to help move the immigration debate forward at its current critical juncture. The recommended principles pertain to controlling the flow of unauthorized immigration, legalization and citizenship, legal immigration, and the economic impacts of immigration. Among fundamental actions recommended in the statement are the establishment of a robust worker visa program in the U.S., heightened scrutiny of exploitative recruitment practices, and a path to citizenship for unauthorized individuals currently in the U.S. The BPC, a Foundation grantee, also emphasizes that immigration be regarded as the number-one contributor to sustaining a healthy, productive population, and that immigration will benefit the U.S. economy in many ways.