“As citizens, we cannot afford to allow our policy makers
to remain silent on this issue and prevent a person who,
like the immigrant Alexander Hamilton,
may find a national solution for his adopted country.”
CONTRIBUTOR: Michael Wildes, Esq.
ABSTRACT: Since its inception, the United States has prospered as a result of immigrant labor and innovation. In fact, our country relies on a constant flow of ideas from abroad so that we may remain a competitive player in an ever-globalized world. Whether aiming to become part of a robust labor force, or seeking refuge from tyranny and oppression, for over two centuries immigrants have converged upon American soil in search of something better. Current immigration legislation fails to address the modern day issues faced by states struggling to manage an enormous undocumented population while trying to revive local economies that are otherwise dependent on immigrant labor. The government must recommit to its founding principles of liberty and prosperity, and it must recognize that American progress is dependent on the critical role played by immigrants. This Legal Brief discusses the history of U.S. immigration law and what must be done to enact comprehensive immigration reform that rewards productivity, creativity and talent, and deemphasizes the notion of “illegality.”