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The problem with our immigration policy is that the Federal government doesn't have one. For too long our government has failed to secure our borders, allowing easy access for illegal immigration, and having little to no enforcement at the workplace. No wonder people are frustrated and demanding action.

The problem with our immigration policy is that the Federal government doesn't have one. For too long our government has failed to secure our borders, allowing easy access for illegal immigration, and having little to no enforcement at the workplace. No wonder people are frustrated and demanding action.

I support a comprehensive solution to our immigration policy that fixes our country's broken immigration system. That means securing our borders and making America safer while at the same time promoting an earned path to citizenship for hard working immigrants.

We must not create a fugitive class of people in this country, but citizenship isn't something to be doled out easily. That is why I support the bipartisan McCain/Kennedy immigration reform plan, the Secure America and Orderly Immigration Act , which:

* Establishes an earned path to citizenship. -It allows incentives for undocumented immigrants already here, working, and contributing to our nation. It allows those who live in the shadows to register, pay a fine, learn English, resolve back taxes, and continue to work hard as a means of eventually earning permanent residency.

* Creates smart and secure borders (a homeland security necessity).

* Toughens penalties for employers who illegally employ undocumented workers and enhances worker protections.

* Helps and invests in local communities that bear the burden of illegal immigration.

To truly stem the flow of people, we need to pursue policies that help alleviate poverty south of the border so people have less incentive to cross our borders. One such policy to pursue is to renegotiate trade agreements to include fair trade provisions that protect workers on both sides of the border equally and raise living standards.

http://jerrymcnerney.org/issues/immigration.asp

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