Letters to the Editor

December 23, 2013

Immigration reform makes sense for all

At a recent public event on immigration reform, U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford made disappointing comments, suggesting that a guest worker program might provide legal redress for undocumented workers. The ACLU opposes merely expanding the existing guest worker program, which is riddled with civil liberties abuses. We call on our members of Congress to craft a broad path to citizenship that creates a level playing field for all eligible immigrants. Potential concerns with the "work-visa only" approach would be inadequate worker protections; the inability of guest workers to come with their family members; and the lack of promise of an eventual path to citizenship.

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