The Road to Citizenship: Exploring Immigration Reform
Culture After hearing from their constituents week after week during the August Congressional recess, the House of Representatives is expected to take up immigration reform this fall.
Community leaders, business owners, faith leaders and others have made it clear that including a roadmap to citizenship is critical to communities across the country. Many studies have shown the economic benefit of immigration reform with a road to citizenship. According to the Center for American Progress, earned legalization and a path to citizenship for the 11 million undocumented immigrants already living in this nation would increase tax revenue by $109 billion and add more than $800 billion to our GDP over the next decade. It would also help to substantially reduce the deficit by more than $150 million over the next 10 years, according to the Congressional Budget Office.
The Time Is Now
“It is time for the House of Representatives to vote on immigration reform,” said Laura Vazquez, Legislative Analyst for the Immigration Policy Project at NCLR (National Council of La Raza). “Families feel the impact of the broken immigration system every day and study after study shows that allowing undocumented immigrants to earn their citizenship will be a much needed boom to the U.S. economy. And if you don’t believe us, ask the countless business leaders who have come out in support of this logical reform.”
“This is an opportunity to keep families together and to build better relationships between Latinos and law enforcement, which will help to keep our communities safer.”
There’s more to consider beyond the economic advantage of passing immigration reform—there are also social and political imperatives. “This is an opportunity to keep families together and to build better relationships between Latinos and law enforcement, which will help to keep our communities safer,” added Vazquez. “The vast majority of Latino voters and the majority of Americans want to fix our broken immigration system and want this legislation passed swiftly. Our elected officials must not allow typical Washington gridlock to get in the way of real progress.”