Angela Maria Kelley is the executive director of the Center for American Progress Action Fund and a senior vice president at the Center for American Progress. Kelley’s work focuses on politics, progressive policy, immigration and integration policy, media, Latino issues, and race and ethnicity. She joined American Progress in 2009 and was the first vice president for immigration policy until November 2014. Kelley took a leave of absence from American Progress in November 2014 to work as advisor in the White House on immigration executive actions. She has also served as the vice president for campaigns and advocacy at Planned Parenthood Federation of America, director of the Immigration Policy Center, and deputy director at the National Immigration Forum.
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Kelley explains the three most important facts you need to know about immigration reform.
Opponents of comprehensive immigration reform argue that we need a fully secure border before we can systemically overhaul our immigration laws. Ironically, the “border security first” mantra is actually thwarting progress on border security.
All immigrants, regardless of legal status, contribute to the American economy. The 11.3 million unauthorized immigrants living the U.S. today contribute $11.64 billion in state and local taxes each year.
Each day that the United States fails to advance a rational and humane approach to the nation’s broken immigration system, the country misses out on significant economic benefits.
There were 11.2 million undocumented immigrants in the United States as of January 2012. This is a decline from the estimated population of 12.2 million undocumented immigrants in 2007.
Common-sense reform would restore public faith in the system and level the playing field for all Americans, while supercharging the economic benefits from our immigrant population.
Two years after the Senate passage of S. 744, the lives of millions of new Americans remain on hold while they wait for the courts to allow the DACA expansion and DAPA program to move forward and for Congress to pass durable and permanent immigration legislation.
CAP report on the economic effects of deporting the estimated 7 million unauthorized workers in the U.S.