The U.S. Senate is gearing up to vote by July 4 on an overhaul of the nation’s immigration system, and the bill’s fate hinges on the outcome of what will be weeks of efforts to alter or derail it before the vote. This bipartisan legislation has survived one such slice-and-dice effort intact, and Senate leaders need to maintain the bill’s central promise: a path to citizenship for the more than 11 million people in the country illegally.
The effort to turn millions of immigrants into taxpaying Americans is not only morally imperative but economically prudent. Studies show that adding millions of legal workers would be a net gain for the nation’s finances. The alternatives – attempting to deport them or leaving them to subsist in the shadows – are not feasible.
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