Saturday, May 18, 2024

White House Increases Efforts on Immigration

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In an increased effort to convince the House to act on immigration reform, The White House released a report detailing the range of benefits to the U.S. economy that would be achieved from the passage of a bipartisan immigration bill.

“In the weeks ahead, the President and other senior members of the administration will publicly urge the House to follow in the Senate’s footsteps, in part by highlighting how immigration reform would strengthen the economy and reduce the deficit,” said White House spokesman Josh Earnest.

The Economic Benefits of Fixing Our Broken Immigration System report specifically found that the Senate-passed bipartisan immigration reform bill strengthens the overall economy and grows the U.S. GDP. Additionally, the bill fosters innovation, encourages more job creation and job growth in the U.S., decreases budget deficits, balances out an aging population, and strengthens Social Security.

House Republicans met Wednesday afternoon in a special conference to deliberate their path toward immigration reform. Following the Senate’s passage of a bipartisan bill, which is predicted to bolster border security and open a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, the 34-page report represents an opening move in the administration’s delicate bid to raise political pressure on the House without alienating persuadable Republican lawmakers.

The report states that President Barack Obama urges the House “to move this bill or similar legislation forward.”