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Immigrants need a path to citizenship in order to come out of the shadows

I support a pathway to citizenship for the 11 million because it's the right thing to do.

Our immigration laws are broken, and 11 million Americans need our help to find a solution. I personally know some of these hard-working immigrants, and I think it's hurting our country to keep them living in the shadows. I am a first-generation American myself, and I remember the struggles of my parents.

We need Congress to protect the path to citizenship for the 11 million undocumented immigrants currently living in the United States and to vote in favor of reform this year.

I support the Senate's Gang of Eight bill because it has solutions; the idea of rounding up 11 million people or asking them to self-deport is both inhumane and completely unrealistic.

That's why I hope my senators will do the right thing and vote for the Senate's immigration bill with a path to citizenship.

Jacob R. Raitt

Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun
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