ABIC Statement on House Approval of Budget Resolution
Momentum continues to build for House and Senate votes next month on bill that would include immigration solutions and spur economic growth
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The bipartisan American Business Immigration Coalition (ABIC), which organized business, faith, and civic leaders of both parties, to ensure that common sense immigration solutions are included as part of the budget process, issued the following statement by Deputy Director Rovika Rajkishun:
“House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the House deserve enormous recognition for bringing us a step closer to common sense immigration solutions that grow our national GDP, stimulate job growth and raise the wage floor for all American workers. This vote, following the Senate’s recent approval, cues up consideration next month of the budget reconciliation bill that should include pathways to citizenship for Dreamers, farmworkers, TPS permit holders and essential workers who continue to dedicate themselves to their work on the frontlines of the COVID-19 crisis.
“We believe the immigration provisions belong in the reconciliation bill because they impact federal spending and revenues. Legalization and citizenship would boost economic activity by $121B a year and federal, state and local tax revenues would increase by $31 billion each year.
“These reforms also would address acute labor shortage across sectors. Our economy has 10.1M job openings and allowing undocumented immigrants to further expand their economic potential would ease this labor shortage.
“Congress must act on these provisions quickly to bring stability to the lives of immigrants seeking legal status and to the businesses that employ them and are facing worker shortages.
“It is time to set aside politics and do what’s right for our economy and for families.”
The American Business Immigration Coalition (ABIC) promotes common sense immigration reform that advances economic competitiveness, provides companies with both the high-skilled and low-skilled talent they need, and allows the integration of immigrants into our economy as consumers, workers, entrepreneurs, and citizens. ABIC is active in key states and communities across the country engaging activists, advocates, business leaders and elected officials on the urgency of passing immigration reform that boosts our economy, creates jobs, eases the labor shortage and supports families.