Pro to the question "Should the Government Allow Immigrants Who Are Here Illegally to Become US Citizens?"
"As for immigrants living in the U.S. illegally, it is not enough to protect them from deportation or make it possible for them to work legally. If these men, women and children are to remain here —and the idea that most of them will 'self-deport' remains a fantasy — they should be fully integrated into the civic as well as the economic life of this country. That means voting, serving on juries and being able to aspire to public office.
Last year, the Senate passed a comprehensive immigration reform bill... its most important — and most controversial — feature is a path to citizenship for immigrants in the country illegally...
We would prefer a much more streamlined route to citizenship...It is important, however, that the Senate bill recognized that mere legalization is not enough.
Citizenship is not, as Obama unfortunately implied, just a piece of paper. It is a source of empowerment and an investment in good government. Legalization is the beginning. Citizenship is the ultimate goal."
The Times Editorial Board, "Why U.S. Citizenship Matters," Oct. 19, 2014
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