White House touts economic benefits of immigration reform as GOP lawmakers huddle
July 10th, 2013
06:00 AM ET
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White House touts economic benefits of immigration reform as GOP lawmakers huddle

Washington (CNN) - The sweeping immigration reform bill approved late last month by the U.S. Senate would boost the U.S. economy and help create jobs, the White House asserted in a report released Wednesday.

Long supportive of the Senate measure, President Barack Obama and his aides have pushed the Republican-controlled House to take up the comprehensive immigration reform bill, which includes a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants and strict border security provisions.

Some House Republicans have been resistant of the Senate-approved legislation, however, saying any pathway to citizenship amounts to amnesty. GOP lawmakers will meet Wednesday to decide a way forward on immigration, House Speaker John Boehner announced Tuesday.

“We all believe that if we are going to go forward with immigration reform, the first big step is we have serious border security,” he said.

At the White House, Obama will meet with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus on Wednesday to discuss immigration reform. And on Capitol Hill, supporters of immigration will rally in support of House action on the Senate’s bill.

In the economic report compiled by various administration offices, the benefits of an overhaul of the nation’s immigration system are touted, using analysis from the Congressional Budget Office showing the bill would increase GDP and lower deficits.

“Today, too many employers game the system by hiring undocumented workers, and there are 11 million people living and working in the shadow economy. Neither is good for the economy or the country. It is time to fix our broken immigration system,” an introduction to the report states.

The CBO report released in June indicated the immigration bill could reduce deficits by $175 billion over the first 10 years and by at least $700 billion in the second decade. The CBO, working with the congressional Joint Committee on Taxation, estimated that 8 million unauthorized residents would become legal in the first decade.

In addition, the CBO report estimated the bill would boost the U.S. population by a net of 10.4 million people by 2023 and by 16 million by 2033.

A bipartisan group has been working on an immigration package in the House, though it differs sharply from the Senate measure by making it harder for undocumented immigrants to get on a path to citizenship.

Members of the House group negotiating the bill would also require that border security measures be in place before any process toward gaining legal status could begin. Lawmakers agreed to include security "triggers" in their proposal in hopes of attracting support from more House Republicans who have been highly critical of the Senate bill. The Senate rejected a similar GOP proposal.

CNN’s Lesa Jansen, Ashley Killough and CNNMoney’s Jeanne Sahadi contributed to this report.


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soundoff (31 Responses)
  1. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    Can't wait to see the GOBP stuff immigration reform,then Jeb Bush down the tea potty's throats Mitt the twit style.

    July 10, 2013 07:02 am at 7:02 am |
  2. Gurgyl

    -wages will come down-benefits will be robbed. Watch out h1-b, L1, J1 visas. Reduce them.

    July 10, 2013 07:05 am at 7:05 am |
  3. Guess

    Unless the goal is unachievable, its a no go. no more latino voters they wised up, even they know the gop is bad for workers, unions are a good thing, most benefits workers enjoy are from unions, time and a half, health care from employers

    July 10, 2013 07:07 am at 7:07 am |
  4. Neutral Observer

    Granting citizenship to illegals will be the beginning of the end. If there is a downside to deficit spending, we will surely reach it. With all the programs we have, and now nationalized healthcare, adding millions more who can not pay their own health insurance, let alone their families will definitely send us over the cliff. And anyone who thinks the whole illegal immigrant issue will be fixed is dreaming. We already have laws making illegal immigration illegal and hiring those immigrants illegal also. But guess what, nobody enforces them. The dems want to boost the welfare state and the repubs want cheap labor. What good is more legislation going to do now? The new legislation just wont be enforced in the same fashion as it is not enforced now. One states attorney general once publicly stated words to the effect of "Here, it's not illegal to be illegal". I seriously doubt she will enforce anything that doesn't serve her agenda. Also note how the President had unilaterally decided to "postpone" the more bitter aspects of nationalized healthcare until after the elections. If he can do this, no doubt he (or whomever else) can do exactly the same when it comes to keeping future illegals out.

    July 10, 2013 07:17 am at 7:17 am |
  5. Rick McDaniel

    Passing ANY immigration bill will create a Totalitarian state, in America. That is the bottom line. Nothing should be passed, for that reason alone, until after Obama leaves office.

    July 10, 2013 07:19 am at 7:19 am |
  6. g

    when are they going to hit the mexican government,its their people ,sanctions for starters

    July 10, 2013 07:34 am at 7:34 am |
  7. rla

    Oh boy here comes the quilt trip and lies- Obama has NO credability.... The American people who are being USED by the progressives get the problem and they will fix it!

    July 10, 2013 07:36 am at 7:36 am |
  8. Peoples State of Illinois

    Ecconomic benefits???? There are none for American citizens.

    July 10, 2013 07:48 am at 7:48 am |
  9. king

    lesson folks what should America do with 11 million folks, they are using our hospitals social work systems anyway, what would you suggest: would you suggest rounding up 11 million people like cattle and sending them across the border; which will take a lot of money, jobs and spenders out of our country, or would you force them to pay taxes, fines and pay money for their residency. which would create a lot of jobs and money circulating in the economy. lesson repubs, the longer you wait to secure our border, the longer your fair of more immigrants coming here will be realized, because right now you guys are lollygagging and not securing the border while more and more immigrants are taking the opportunity to cross into our country, so keep hesitating and instead of 11 million we might end up with 15 million at the end of the year.

    July 10, 2013 07:55 am at 7:55 am |
  10. smith

    When the hole is plugged then we can talk about benefits. Until that happends the only people who benefit are drug dealers.

    July 10, 2013 08:05 am at 8:05 am |
  11. jackbenimble333

    It undoubtedly will create jobs. Whenever you add millions of people to the economy you end up with some new Walmarts, taco bells, etc, But that is just "junk growth". We already have plenty of Walmarts and we would not need more if we were not adding people. And recent experience has shown most of those jobs go to the immigrants and offer little benefit to existing citizens.

    But the more salient question is will the new immigration policy improve the wealth and well-being of our existing citizens (and I am talking about the majority of them, not just the rich elites). If our immigration policy does not improve our lives, then it is a bad policy.

    Here are a few questions:
    Will importing millions of non-English students into our poorest school districts make our intractable problems in those schools easier to solve? I rather doubt it and further I think it is immoral to pursue a policy that hurts these most needy of Americas children.

    Will importing millions of people who compete in the low skills sector of our economy end the problem of decades long wage stagnation and above average unemployment for our own poorest citizens? I rather doubt it and further I think it is immoral to pursue an immigration policy that hurts Americas poorest people so that the rich can get richer.

    Will importing millions of people who don't share our culture or language help us to come together as a country at a time when polls show most Americans believe racial/ethnic tensions are getting worse?

    Will importing millions of people help us solve our energy problems and our over-reliance on imported energy?

    Will importing millions of people help us to preserve green space or protect our environment or address over-crowding and over-use of our National Parks?

    Will adding millions of people foster increased freedom or increase our current trend towards and excessively regulated police and surveillance state?

    Other than very modest economic growth benefits which the CBO says will also lower wages and increase unemployment, I just don't see any upside to the Senate's amnesty and particularly the massive expansion of future legal immigration. It is good for the elites but not so good for the rest of us. Every single social economic and political problem we have becomes harder to solve as we add more people.

    July 10, 2013 08:15 am at 8:15 am |
  12. tom l.

    Are these the same economic benefits that were supposed to happen with the ACA? Hmmmmm......

    July 10, 2013 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  13. smith

    @Guess- not sure what planet your on but unions have destroyed the economy. At one time unions were a good thing but now they are worse than big corp. fat cats. Look at the auto industry.

    July 10, 2013 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  14. Ray E. (Georgia)

    Man,
    WHAT A TANGLED WEB WE WEAVE, WHEN FIRST WE PRACTICE TO DECEIVE. Giving 11 to 30 million citizenship? I wonder what the Current Adminstration is smoking? As long as the Liberal's Keep Taxes high on the job creators hiring citizens is hard enough, let alone hoards of "New" Citizens. Of course the Liberal's don't care about the average citizen who may lose the job he has plus all these "New" Citizens getting all the benifits as prescribed in law. No Amnsety.

    July 10, 2013 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  15. Fair is Fair

    The fact that there are SO many people in this country who are here illegally is a reflection of the abyssmal failure of the federal government to secure our borders and enforce existing immigration laws. WHY should ANYONE think that more federal government oversight make anything better?

    July 10, 2013 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  16. Randy, San Francisco

    The Republican national brand is dead. The conservative purists cultural war against Hispanics wil prove to be the party's biggest failure.

    July 10, 2013 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  17. rs

    The Obama Administration is fighting the wrong fight. Economics and jobs hold nothing for the GOP. Maybe if they can attach immigration to abortion he might get their (ever more fleeting) attention.

    July 10, 2013 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  18. rs

    Fair is Fair
    The fact that there are SO many people in this country who are here illegally is a reflection of the abyssmal failure of the federal government to secure our borders and enforce existing immigration laws. WHY should ANYONE think that more federal government oversight make anything better?
    __________________
    Record deportations, most boots ever on the ground at the border, most arrests ever. Why do you keep repeating the lie?
    Why do you hate the government so much?
    Why do YOU hate America so much?

    July 10, 2013 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  19. tom l.

    @Randy,
    Please tell me honestly why you are positioning this as a "cultural war against Hispanics"? It's incredible how people like you mischaracterize this issue. I have never heard one repub ever say they were against immigration. Not one. Are you able to distinguish between legal and illegal immigration or do you conflate the two as one?

    July 10, 2013 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  20. rs

    WHAT A TANGLED WEB WE WEAVE, WHEN FIRST WE PRACTICE TO DECEIVE. Giving 11 to 30 million citizenship? I wonder what the Current Adminstration is smoking?
    ____________
    Any your solution (or that of your failed party) ? Nada. Tell you what Ray, warm up your Visa card and buy those 11 million airline tickets for these folks back home. What? Is that a problem for you "fiscally conservative" rubes? According to the CBO the Immigration Bill reduces federal spending and increases tax revenues. You can't be against that, right?r

    July 10, 2013 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  21. rs

    Rick McDaniel
    Passing ANY immigration bill will create a Totalitarian state, in America. That is the bottom line. Nothing should be passed, for that reason alone, until after Obama leaves office.
    ____________
    Care to show your math on this one, 'cause it makes no sense? Warning: No space aliens or bigfeet in your explanation

    July 10, 2013 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  22. tom l.

    @rs
    Why do I hate the government so much? Because they are imposing their will anywhere and everywhere possible to exert more influence on our daily lives. The beauty of the USA is that we don't need govt in our lives.
    The better question is...why do you like the government so much?

    July 10, 2013 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  23. sonny chapman

    It's strange, but most of the time the "Morally Right" thing to do often makes the most sense economically. Public Education, Universal Health Care, Minimum Wage, Social Security, Abolition of Slavery, avoiding senseless Wars.

    July 10, 2013 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  24. Ray E. (Georgia)

    Humm,
    rs. It may be time for you to take a Vacation. Where did you say you were? Arizona, I think. Come East. I hear Niagara Falls is nice this time of year. Go visit. Take a Barrel.

    July 10, 2013 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  25. sonny chapman

    Hey tom I, w/out Guvment we resort to the Law of the Jungle. That's all right if you're Exxon. If you're a Lil Guy, you might want some protection other than carrying an AR-15 w/a 30 shot clip wherever you go.

    July 10, 2013 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
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