In The News: Study Finds Immigration Reform Will Create Jobs

The Wall Street Journal reported this morning on a new and exhaustive Regional Economic Models, Inc., report that evaluates the economic effects of key components of immigration reform and finds a net positive effect at the state and national level.

The ground-breaking study analyzes the comprehensive, state-by-state macroeconomic impacts of potential reforms to immigration reform, including the path to legal status, increases in high-skill visas and changes to low-skill visa programs. The article states:

“The report, conducted by the nonpartisan Regional Economic Models Inc., a private forecasting firm, divides the immigration debate into three separate categories. The first, creating a path to legal status for some of the 11 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S., could add 550,000 jobs nationwide and $45 billion to the nation's gross domestic product—a broad measure of economic output—by 2020, according to the study. The second, increasing the number of high-skilled visas, would generate nearly as much economic growth and about 400,000 jobs by 2020. The third, revamping low-skilled visa programs, could increase employment by 468,000 by 2020.

“Still, some states will see bigger effects than others. In California, creating a path to legal status would add nearly 122,000 jobs by 2020, according to the study. The job gains would largely come from the retail, health-care, construction and other service industries, and Californians' personal income would rise by an average of $445 per person, adjusted for inflation, by 2020.

“The impact is so large, in part, because California is so large, with more than 2.5 million undocumented immigrants. As those immigrants gain legal status, they can switch jobs more freely and might be more willing to invest in education, such as learning English, increasing their pay and productivity. That would boost their purchasing power, with a ripple effect of creating more economic activity, particularly in service industries such as retail.”

You can read the entire article at the Wall Street Journal.


On the Brink of House Immigration Debate, BBB Leaders Speak Up

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Bible, Badges and Business for Immigration Reform (BBB) network ran a full-page advertisement in Politico today to express appreciation for Senators who voted for commonsense immigration reform and urge the House to take action.

For those leaders who hold a Bible, wear a badge or own a business, now is the moment to keep calling on legislators to pass reform that grows the economy, respects the rule of law and is compassionate.

Here is what some key BBB leaders said about the importance of immigration reform on the brink of its crucial debate in the House of Representatives:

Steve Case, Chairman and CEO of Revolution LLC and Co-Founder of America Online: “Last month the Senate stood up -- 68 Democrats and Republicans -- and made the right choice for our economy and our country by passing comprehensive immigration reform. It’s now time for the House to do the same. I encourage House leaders to move forward with passing immigration reform that will preserve America’s advantage as the most innovative and entrepreneurial nation on the planet.”

Ali Noorani, Executive Director, National Immigration Forum: “BBB leaders were influential in their support of Senators voting for broad immigration reform and now we will continue urging House passage of immigration reform before the August recess. The American people, regardless of political party, have said time and time again that they want commonsense, broad reform and the Senate paid attention. We thank them for recognizing this wide support and moving forward in the spirit of bipartisanship. It is our hope that the House continues this bipartisan progress and that a bill will pass before the August recess.”

David Rattray, Senior Vice President of Education and Workforce Development, Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce: "The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce is proud to support comprehensive immigration reform, which is critical to stimulating job and economic growth, and to serve as a proud partner with the National Immigration Forum to support local naturalization efforts by helping Los Angeles-based businesses provide a pathway to citizenship for their employees.”

Craig Regelbrugge, National Co-Chairman, Agriculture Coalition for Immigration Reform: "The choice facing the House of Representatives is clear: embrace immigration solutions, or perpetuate the status quo. In American agriculture, the status quo is deplorable for farmers and workers. In American agriculture, the time is ripe for solutions."

Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, President, National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference: “Conservative Senators who supported immigration reform exhibited prophetic courage and subsequently received support from constituents with Bibles, badges and businesses. Members of the House who embrace a similar posture stand poised to make history by reconciling Abraham Lincoln's justice imperative with Ronald Reagan's conviction regarding immigrants. Now is the time!”

Rev. Gabriel Salguero, President, National Latino Evangelical Coalition: “Evangelicals are thankful that the Senate has taken action on immigration reform. We remain prayerful that the House will enact meaningful bipartisan immigration reform that provides for both security and an earned path to citizenship. The time to bring real solutions to this decades-old challenge is now. The status quo is not a viable option."

Greg Schultz, Vice President, Business Forward: "The Senate’s vote sends a strong message that comprehensive immigration reform is crucial to growing our economy and enhancing America's economic competitiveness. America's business leaders have voiced their support for reform, and it is now time for the House of Representatives to listen."

Mark L. Shurtleff, former Utah Attorney General: “Congress, take notice: In Utah in 2010, those who held Bibles, wore badges and owned businesses came together to support a common-sense approach to immigration reform, and legislators voted for and passed it. Despite challenges from the right, those who voted for fair reform were re-elected to office.”

Jim Wallis, President and CEO, Sojourners: “Evangelical Christians from across the country applaud the efforts of Senators who chose to put their faith into action for 11 million people that our Scriptures call 'strangers.' We have worked and prayed hard for reform and have urged our nation’s political leaders to enact immigration reform that keeps families together and provides an earned pathway to citizenship while also ensuring the safety of our borders. We won’t stop speaking, acting and praying for our immigrant brothers and sisters until we see this vital reform signed into law.”


Last chance to influence your Senator

Following the Senate's 67-31 vote to end debate on the immigration reform bill, Ali Noorani, Executive Director at the National Immigration Forum, urged folks to call their Senators ahead of the final Senate vote on reform.

Moments ago, the Senate voted to end debate on S. 744 The Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act.

We could have a final Senate vote on the immigration reform bill as early as tomorrow morning.

This is your last chance to let your Senator know our nation needs reform.

Make a call and tweet out your support before the critical vote.

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