Center for American Progress Is At It Again About A Path to Citizenship

rope_lineCAP has released a new report arguing that a clear and rapid path to citizenship for immigrants is a benefit to the economy. The report  says, “The literature on new and old immigrant-destination countries shows that the clearer the pathway to citizenship, the greater the gains, and that the optimal waiting period for citizenship is roughly five years.”

The purpose of this publication is to try to convince policymakers that the illegal alien population in the United States should be given ‘a path to citizenship’ (i.e. amnesty) and without any delay.

But, the fact is that the United States already has a clear pathway to citizenship and one that normally requires a waiting period of roughly five years. That pathway exists for legal immigrants.

What CAP is trying to promote is treating illegal newcomers the same as legal newcomers. That is akin to promoting open borders. It is a proposal that would lead to the country being overrun with self-selecting immigrants with a resulting enormous harmful impact on the U.S. quality of life, schools, job opportunities, resource constraints, burdened budgets and a fast growing Tower of Babel.

A majority of the U.S. public sees through immigration reform proposals advocated by the leftist CAP, and, hopefully, so do a majority of the nation’s lawmakers

About Author


Jack, who joined FAIR’s National Board of Advisors in 2017, is a retired U.S. diplomat with consular experience. He has testified before the U.S. Congress, U.S. Civil Rights Commission, and U.S. Commission on Immigration Reform and has authored studies of immigration issues. His national and international print, TV, and talk radio experience is extensive (including in Spanish).


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    When someone becomes a citizen, through whatever means, they legally have the full rights and benefits as any other citizen. How in the world can anyone think it’s a good idea to make millions of illegals into citizens when the fact is the majority of them do not even have a high school education. Full citizens with that level of education are proven to be net users of government money, not contributors. Long run or short run.

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      The Only Benefit to Society

      Is to American employers [includes foreign owned companies in America] hiring like 1/2 paid foreign workers…..while replacing “full-paid” real American job slots, in our stagnant labor pool the last 4-5 years per BLS.