* And finally, it forces immigrants who are here without papers to get right with the law, pay a fine, learn English, pay taxes, and wait in line for 10 years - before they can earn a path to legalization and eventually citizenship.
Immigration reform is good for West Virginia workers, who will no longer risk being undercut by undocumented immigrant workers.
It is good for West Virginia employers, who will no longer bear the burden of trying to discern whether a worker is legal or not.
It is good for our law enforcement personnel, who can now leave federal law enforcement to the federal government while focusing limited resources on violent criminals.
Immigration reform is good for West Virginia's tens of thousands of immigrant families, who will now have a more sensible path toward uniting with their loved ones.
And it is good for West Virginia's community of faith, as we live out the moral imperative to "welcome the stranger."
No piece of legislation is perfect. This reform may not be exactly what any one of our constituencies would most want.
But today we stand shoulder to shoulder - West Virginia's businesses, unions, and churches - because we know that democracy requires compromise.
We hope that our legislators, Republicans and Democrats, will stand united with us.
Allen is executive director of the W.Va. Council of Churches, representing 14 denominations whose membership approach 600,000 members. Roberts is president of the W.Va. Chamber of Commerce, which represents members who employ more than half the state's workforce. Perdue is president of the W.Va. AFL-CIO, which represents 575 labor unions statewide.