The United States is a nation of immigrants and we recognize the contributions that people from all over the world have made to our country.
House Democrats will continue to work for common sense, comprehensive, and balanced immigration reform: reform that secures our borders, respects the rule of law, and provides immigrants with a fair chance of achieving the American Dream.
Reform must build on the commitment that Democrats have made to secure our borders. Over the past three years, we have passed legislation and provided vital funding that strengthens border security and reduces violence along our southern border.
Reform must also include measures to hold businesses accountable that hire and exploit undocumented workers. Finally, we will work for reform that requires those living here illegally register with the government, pay any back taxes, and learn English before earning their citizenship.
Democrats also support the DREAM Act, which would provide undocumented students or those who serve our country in uniform the opportunity to become citizens if they arrived in the U.S. as a minor and have lived here at least five years so that they can fully contribute to our nation's future.