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Council on Foreign Relations Addresses Need to Overhaul U.S. Immigration System

The CFR-sponsored Independent Task Force on U.S. Immigration Policy has come out in favor of immigration reform in their report, which addresses concerns about U.S. immigration policy and national security. In their report which was released this month, they said the growing numbers of illegal immigration in the United States is causing continuous harm to our national interests.


CFR urges Congress and the Obama Administration to move ahead with immigration reform legislation in order to achieve three critical goals:

  • Reform the legal immigration system for more efficient operation, respond to labor market necessities, and enhance U.S. competitiveness;
  • Restore immigration law’s integrity through an enforcement regime that strongly discourages employers and employees from operating outside the legal system, secure America’s borders, and levy significant penalties against those who violate the rules; and
  • Offer a fair, humane, and orderly way to allow many of the roughly 12 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S. to earn the right to remain here legally.


The Task Force’s recommendations for immigration policy reform show the immigration system’s potential to improve and better serve our country’s national interests. It is time to move forward—and fix our broken immigration system.

The CFR report states that “continued failure to devise and implement a sound and sustainable immigration policy threatens to weaken America’s economy, to jeopardize its diplomacy, and to imperil its national security.”


We can and must do better.

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