An America that Works for All of Us
America deserves a common sense immigration process, one that includes a roadmap for new Americans who aspire to be citizens.
- America is a nation of values, founded on an idea – that all men and women are created equal, that all people have rights, no matter what they look like or where they came from That families should stick together, that we should look out for each other, that hard work should be rewarded. In the freedom to be what you want, do what you want and say what you want.
- How we treat new immigrants reflects our commitment to the values that define us as Americans.
The problem – But the current patchwork of immigration policies and programs doesn’t make any sense. It’s mismanaged and broken and it breaks up families. There’s a maze of regulations with no line to become a fully participating American .
Our solution – heroes: That’s why we need to create a commonsense immigration process that recognizes the hardships and contributions of people moving here, keeps families together and creates a roadmap to citizenship for new Americans who aspire to be citizens.
- For aspiring citizens, the essential right of citizenship should be reachable by taking a test of our history and government, paying an appropriate fee and pledging allegiance to our country.
Call to action – America works best when we all do our part and work together as one nation, indivisible and strong.
- You see, it’s not about what you look like or where you were born that makes you American – it’s how you live your life and what you do that defines you here in this country.
- We can do this. We can agree on a commonsense immigration process that includes a roadmap for people who aspire to be citizens. We have done this throughout our history and we can do it again. This is what America is all about.
Here AFL-CIO Executive Vice President Tefere Gebre talk about why he says I Am a Proud American