This week, the Senate is expected to vote on a Comprehensive Immigration Reform bill. Here’s what you should know and how YOU can help!
What you should know:
The CBO analysis showed that the Senate immigration bill would cut the deficit by $197 billion over the next ten years, $700 billion over the following ten years, and add 5.4% to GDP by 2033.
In a letter to Marco Rubio, the Chief Actuary at the Social Security Administration provided analysis projecting that comprehensive immigration reform would add over 3.2 million new jobs and bolster the solvency of Social Security.
From 2006 to 2012, one in four engineering and technology companies started in the U.S. had at least one foreign-born founder — in Silicon Valley it was almost half of new companies. (Kauffman)
A recent Fox News Poll shows 74% of Americans support a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants “as long as they meet certain requirements like paying back taxes, learning English, and passing a background check.” (Fox News Poll, 6/13)
The Gang of 8, a bipartisan committee in the Senate, introduced the legislation in April. Members are Chuck Schumer (NY), Bob Menendez (NJ), Dick Durbin (IL), Mike Bennet (CO), Marco Rubio (FL), Lindsay Graham (SC), John McCain and Jeff Flake (AZ).
In late May, the Judiciary Committee voted the Gang of 8 bill out of committee with strong bipartisan support.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has said that a vote in the Senate will occur by July 4th.
WHATS IN THE BILL: The bipartisan bill before the Senate upholds the President’s four pillars of reform by continuing to strengthen our borders, cracking down on companies that hire undocumented workers, holding undocumented immigrants accountable before they can earn their citizenship (this means requiring undocumented workers to pay their taxes and a penalty, move to the back of the line, learn English, and pass background checks), and streamlining the legal immigration system for families, workers, and employers.
How YOU can help:
FIRST: Call your senators and urge them to VOTE FOR Comprehensive Immigration Reform when it comes to the floor. (Senate Bill 744, the “Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act.”)
The United States Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121 will connect you, or Florida voters can call Senator Marco Rubio directly at (202) 224-3041 or (239) 213-1521.
THEN: Help OFA-Naples call supporters to urge THEM to call Senator Rubio. We’re having a phone bank tomorrow morning in Naples (click here to sign up and for details). You can also make calls from home using our Virtual Phone Bank (email firstname.lastname@example.org to request a username, password and instructions).
Stay tuned. Depending on what happens this week, there will be more for us to do!