Immigration reform is a moral and economic imperative. I am strong supporter of comprehensive immigration reform. Reform should secure our border and create a path to citizenship for the more than 11 million undocumented immigrants who are already here, pursuing the American Dream for their families. Second-class status for anyone, is not who we are as a country.
Immigration reform will help drive a more competitive economy. A recent study found that 40% of Fortune 500 companies were founded by immigrants or children of immigrants. In Maryland, 21% of business owners are immigrants and 26% of our STEM graduates are foreign born. In America we have a tremendous advantage: the best and the brightest from around the world want to come here. We should take advantage of this singular fact.
I am a strong supporter of the bipartisan Senate immigration reform bill (S. 744) which passed by a 68-32 vote. The Senate bill strikes the right balance between border security, fairness, and increased Visa flexibility, which will help our businesses and workers. I am also an original cosponsor of the bipartisan STAPLE Act (H.R. 1227), which provides a guaranteed Green Card for STEM PhDs with a job offer in the United States.
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WASHINGTON – On Sunday, Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) attended protests at Washington Dulles International Airport and Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI), joining thousands of Marylanders in speaking out against President Trump’s executive order on immigration. Congressman Delaney is a cosponsor of the Statue of Liberty Values Act, legislation that overturns the Administration’s actions.
Congressman Delaney releases the following statement:
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