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  • Comprehensive Immigration Reform

    by Representative Tony Cárdenas

    Posted on 2013-07-17

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    CARDENAS. Madam Speaker, I rise today to talk about comprehensive immigration reform, but from a slightly different standpoint from many of my colleagues who frequently occupy this Chamber with their perspectives.

    Madam Speaker, we all know why we need comprehensive immigration reform, why we need to fix this system rather than depending on small, one-off solutions. Our system is broken, and we have to fix the entire immigration system now.

    Our farms do not have stable workforces; our borders are not adequately protected; far too many high-tech companies are short the workers they need to continue to innovate; our schools attract the best and the brightest from around the world, but we can't keep sending them back after we educate them.

    We know what needs to be fixed and why. What will happen once we fix the problems? Very simply, our economy will skyrocket.

    Report after report, study after study says the same thing--the successful implementation of comprehensive immigration reform will cut the deficit, create manufacturing jobs and job opportunities nationwide, and create more than 100,000 American jobs every year for the next 10 years. We will see $832 billion being pumped into our economy over the next 10 years. As producers and consumers in this great Nation, undocumented immigrants grow the economic pie by at least $30 billion as we speak. Legalization would triple that number with various studies pointing to a $1 trillion impact on our gross domestic product right here in the United States over the next 10 years.

    Madam Speaker, I am joined by many of my freshman class. This past election, voters sent us to Washington to solve problems like our broken immigration system, and that's what we want to do. It's time to make immigration reform a reality, and it's absolutely time to let people know what that reality really means for their own pocketbooks-- those of both American citizens and immigrants. That's what we're going to talk about tonight.

    Madam Speaker, for those watching at home, they can get in on one of the conversations by tweeting us at #CIRmeansjobs. If our constituents have questions, we will answer them.

    With that, I look forward to an interesting and enlightening discussion tonight.

    I would like to start off by talking with my colleague from California, Congressman Swalwell. One thing I would like to ask this gentleman is whether he thinks comprehensive immigration reform will help not only create more job opportunities but also expand our Nation's workforce.

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