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1987-: We the People are still making history

October 25, 2007
Congress is stalemated over immigration reform

Immigration rally in New York

Our national chorus is becoming ever more diverse, full of new voices from around the world. Over the past seven years, a record 10.3 million new immigrants have arrived.

Growing diversity creates tensions. More than half the new immigrants are illegal, fueling a contentious debate. Should we create pathways to citizenship for illegal immigrants or try to deport millions of people?

Yesterday, a Senate vote dashed hopes that major immigration legislation will be passed this year.

These battles are the price of having a nation that draws people from all over who are “yearning to breathe free.”

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