While the work of the nation has been stalled by the Republicans’ government shutdown, most of the the critical work of the nation has been left unfinished—including immigration reform.
It’s been more than 100 days since the U.S. Senate passed a bipartisan immigration reform bill, backed by New Mexico’s Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich. House Democrats, including New Mexico’s Congressman Ben Ray Luján and Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham, have sponsored similar legislation in Congress. With the end of the shutdown, it’s time for the House of Representatives to get back to business and pass the immigration reform bill now.
President Obama agrees. In an interview with Univision, the President named immigration as his next priority, “Once that’s done [the shutdown]… the day after, I’m going to be pushing to say, call a vote on immigration reform.” Yesterday, in his statement on the end of the government shutdown, the President doubled down, saying, “We should finish the job of fixing our broken immigration system.”
Immigration reform is long overdue, and enactment of the bill would be good for all Americans. According to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, enactment of the bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform bill would reduce the deficit by $850 billion. CBO also estimates that immigration reform would increase economic growth by 3.3 percent in 2023 and 5.4 percent in 2033.
That’s one of the best things about immigration reform: It’s going to make the economy a lot better. This video breaks down exactly how that works—how fixing our broken system will create jobs, boost wages, cut the deficit, and foster innovation. Not enough people are talking about this fact, so watch it, then share it! It’s time for Congress to get back to work.