An Immigration Reform Agenda for the 111th Congress
The fiscal cost of immigration — both legal and illegal — has always been substantial, but with the recent economic downturn, these costs have become even more burdensome to the American taxpayer. The 111th Congress has both the opportunity and the obligation to address these problems by enforcing existing laws that would stem the tide of illegal immigration and also passing new legislation that will curtail legal immigration and improve national security and quality of life.
FAIR is the nation’s largest and most experienced public interest organization of concerned individuals who believe that our immigration laws must be reformed to better serve the needs of current and future generations. Founded in 1979, FAIR works for policies that put the interests of American citizens and our environment ahead of big business and special interest demands. For 30 years we have offered and advocated for solutions that help reduce the harmful impact of uncontrolled immigration on national security, jobs, health care, education, the environment, and the rule of law.
With the help of Americans across the country, we have been very successful in our efforts to secure immigration policies that protect our quality of life and stop those that do not. FAIR presents the facts and offers concerned citizens the opportunity to get involved and shape the outcome of this debate. FAIR has always fought against invidious discrimination of any kind and our membership is non-partisan and diverse, representing people from all communities, all political persuasions, and at all socioeconomic levels. Nearly 50 private foundations and over 200,000 members and activists support FAIR.
FAIR is a highly respected voice on the challenging immigration issue and presents a reliable source of information on this subject. Representatives of our organization are routinely interviewed by the major news networks, radio talk shows and the print media about all aspects of the immigration debate. In addition, FAIR’s research and publications are relied on by academics and government officials involved in formulating immigration policy. We testify regularly before Congress on immigration-related legislation.
Over the years, FAIR has played a significant role in virtually all major immigration policy changes.We fought for policy improvements in the landmark 1986 Immigration Reform Control Act and have been instrumental in fashioning legislative and policy reforms since that time. In all we do, FAIR’s goal is to educate and increase public awareness of immigration issues, present solutions, and ensure the public’s voice is heard.
FAIR presents this Immigration Reform Agenda for the 111th Congress as a guideline for ending illegal immigration, reducing legal immigration to a more sustainable level, and improving national security- thereby lifting the burden on the American taxpayer, contributing to national security, and improving our quality of life. We look forward to working with you through the 111th Congress.