Immigration Reform Strenghtens Our Economy

From the Senate Judiciary Committee Majority Staff
The Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act (S.744)

Immigration Reform Strengthens Our Economy - #CIRmarkup

In today’s markup, Senator Sessions offered an amendment (Sessions1) to severely limit the number of immigrants allowed into the country.  He repeatedly provided a false and exaggerated number that the bipartisan immigration reform bill will result in the admittance of up to 30 million new immigrants.

 Exaggerated Estimates of Future Immigrants

Senator Sessions falsely inflates his numbers by including the 11 million unauthorized immigrants who are already here and would have to earn their green cards by paying fines, fees, back taxes, and passing criminal and national security background checks. Immigration reform would bring them into our legal system so that they would be held accountable, pay taxes, and contribute to our economy.

Senator Sessions’ numbers also deceptively include the nearly 4.5 million immigrants who have followed the rules and are currently waiting in line.  These are people who have qualified for their green cards with or without reform, and have been waiting years or even decades to come to the country.

Actual Future Flow of Immigration

According to the Center for American progress, the bipartisan immigration bill would roughly maintain the current level of immigration, and potentially decrease it by 150,000.

The Bottom Line: Immigration Reform Will Strengthen Our Economy

The increase of human capital in our economy will benefit our economy, not harm it.  Conservative President of Americans for Tax Reform Grover Norquist has said, “People are an asset, not a liability. . . Those who would make us less immigrant-friendly would make us less successful, less prosperous, and less American.”

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