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2000s, National Voter Archive, Katherine Fennelly, Patricia Hatch

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Unauthorized Immigration: The Case for Earned Legalization

by Patricia Hatch and Katherine Fennelly
As a result of the LWVUS Immigration Study, the League supports a path to earned legalization as part of comprehensive immigration reform. This essay highlights reasons why creating a pathway to legal status for unauthorized immigrants already in the U.S. would be preferable to mass deportations for both the immigrant families and their U.S. citizen neighbors.