There are an estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States, and the question of what to do with them has sparked years of fierce debate, but no significant action. In 2013, the bipartisan "Gang of Eight" managed to pass a comprehensive immigration reform bill in the Senate, only to get it dropped by the House. And in 2016, a deadlocked Supreme Court decision stalled President Obama's executive actions, DACA and DAPA, which would have saved 5 million from deportation. For voters, on this issue, the choice between presidential candidates could not be clearer. Should we give these immigrants a chance to earn citizenship through a process that would include paying a penalty, passing a security check, and getting in the back of the line? Or are we rewarding them for breaking the rules, and encouraging more of the same? Do they make positive contributions to the economy and complement our workforce, or do they burden taxpayers and create unwanted competition for jobs? Should we give undocumented immigrants a path to citizenship?
Steven Camarota serves as the director of research for the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), a research institute that examines the consequences of legal and illegal immigration on the United States. The Center promotes an informed debate on comprehensive immigration reform by providing policymakers, academics, media, and citizens with fact-based information on immigration. In recent years, Camarota has testified before Congress more than any other non-government expert on the economic and fiscal impact of immigration. Additionally, he was the lead researcher on a contract with the Census Bureau examining the quality of immigrant data in the American Community Survey. Camarota's research has been featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, and USA Today, and numerous other media outlets.
Marielena Hincapié is the executive director of the National Immigration Law Center, the main organization dedicated to defending and advancing the rights of low-income immigrants in the U.S. Under her executive leadership, NILC has grown to be one of the premier immigrants' rights organizations, strategically using a combination of litigation, policy, communications, and alliance-building strategies to effect social change. Hincapié began her tenure at NILC as a staff attorney leading the organization's labor and employment program. She then served as NILC's director of programs, after which she became executive director. Before joining NILC, Hincapié worked for the Legal Aid Society of San Francisco's Employment Law Center, where she founded the Center's Immigrant Workers' Rights Project.
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.
Rich Lowry became editor of National Review in 1998 when selected by William F. Buckley, Jr. to lead the magazine. Today, National Review remains a conservative guidepost, helping to bring to prominence rising conservative leaders and advance conservative policies. A contributor to FOX News Channel, Lowry appears regularly on shows such as The Kelly File. He is a syndicated columnist and his insight and analysis can also be found in Politico where he writes a weekly column. Known for his skillful debating style, Lowry is a frequent guest on Meet the Press and This Week with George Stephanopoulos. He is the author of Lincoln Unbound and Legacy: Paying the Price for the Clinton Years - a New York Times bestseller.