Produce Common Sense

A Candid Conversation About Immigration - Episode 14

May 15, 2022 By Shay Myers Season 1 Episode 14
Produce Common Sense
A Candid Conversation About Immigration - Episode 14
Show Notes

“USA is a nation of immigrants. We are the children and grandchildren and great-grandchildren of the ones who wanted a better life, the driven ones, the ones who woke up at night hearing that voice telling them that life in that place called America could be better.”

The United States has the highest immigrant population in the world at 50.6 million (as of mid-2020), which equates to approximately 15.3% of the total U.S. population and 18% of international immigrants worldwide. The number of immigrants in the U.S. today is more than five times the 1960 total of 9.7 million.

75 % of Americans across the political spectrum believe that immigration is good for the United States. And they’re right. 

People emigrated to the United States in the past for the same reasons as today: to join their families, to work, and to seek safety and refuge from war, violence, and natural disasters.

Being an immigrant in the United States in the past few years has been difficult, to say the least.

Many immigrants live in fear, lack basic rights: We have the power to change the system.

Across the nation, we see the consequences of inhumane immigration policies that leave families without protection, resources or access to care. But our vibrant immigrant community doesn’t have to remain a vulnerable population.

In this episode I had a conversation with James O’Neill, Michael Deheeger and Enrique Sanchez from American Business Immigration Coalition (ABIC) about how Immigrants make USA stronger, more diverse and more innovative and how Together, we will advance sensible immigration reforms that grows jobs, strengthens our economy, and benefits all American families.