Immigration Reform Boosts Economic Recovery
U.S. News & World Report
October 29, 2013
Immigration reform should boost economic growth by 4.8 percent and reduce the country's deficits by $1.2 trillion during the next two decades, according to a new Bipartisan Policy Center study. As a comprehensive immigration reform bill hangs in the balance on Capitol Hill, a new Bipartisan Policy Center study shows an aggressive overhaul could boost the country's anemic economic recovery. The report found that during the next 20 years, immigration would bolster the country's economic growth by 4.8 percent. The report shows that immigration reform would reduce the country's deficits by $1.2 trillion during this time, as young, working immigrants take jobs and pay taxes.
President Obama on immigration: 'Let's do it now'
October 25, 2013
Immigration reform may not pass, but that’s no reason to give up the fight, President Barack Obama said Thursday. The president made his long-awaited return to the issue in a brief East Room speech urging advocates to keep the pressure on House Republicans to take action on the Senate’s immigration bill, saying that only public pressure will lead to action.
House Republicans Say They'll Act on Immigration Reform This Year
September 23, 2013
House Republicans intensified their outreach to Latino groups last week, offering renewed pledges that the House will deal with immigration reform this year. The effort has revived hope among reform advocates that a bipartisan deal can be reached to address the fate of the nation’s 11 million undocumented workers and students. The chances of a comprehensive reform deal passing Congress remain doubtful, advocates cautioned, and they worry that the legislative process will spill into 2014, presenting new complications in a year when lawmakers face reelection battles.
Outside Groups Try to Revive Immigration Reform
September 18, 2013
Nancy Pelosi is huddling with Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, top labor leaders and former AOL executive Steve Case in separate meetings this week as supporters of immigration reform try to revive the issue, which fast seems to be dying on Capitol Hill. Their goal: get legislation moving in the House again before the Thanksgiving recess. Proponents concede that it’s a heavy lift and that Republican lawmakers didn’t come out of the August recess ready to act.
Business Groups Upbeat on Fall Deal to Move Immigration Bill
August 25, 2013
Business groups say their grassroots efforts to build support for an immigration overhaul are paying off and making them increasingly optimistic that Congress will complete comprehensive legislation this fall. Manufacturers and business leaders are spending the bulk of the August congressional recess canvassing the country, sitting down with lawmakers and chatting at local town-hall meetings to explain how fixing the immigration system is crucial to the nation's economic future. Business groups want to see the House and Senate join forces as they have done with a diverse coalition of groups to push through an immigration package that streamlines the process and helps employers fill persistent openings for low- and high-skilled workers, while providing better border security.
White House puts numbers to immigration reform
August 13, 2013
The White House said Tuesday immigration reform is not only the right thing to do, it would also add significantly to the U.S. gross domestic product. "Our country is stronger when everyone has a stake, everyone pays their taxes and fulfills their responsibilities, and everyone is equally invested in our common future," the White House said in a report titled, "Fixing Our Broken Immigration System."
Immigration reform backers see hopeful signs in House
Despite the missed goals, uncertain timetable and at-times heated rhetoric in the Republican-led House of Representatives, immigration-reform supporters remain cautiously optimistic that a game plan is emerging that will have lawmakers voting on the legislation this year. Action in the House is on hold until after Congress returns from its August recess on Sept. 9. But the five-week break, during which representatives will hold town hall meetings and otherwise gauge the feelings of their constituents, could go a long way toward determining the legislation's fate.
Bloomberg: U.S. needs immigration reform now
Mayor Michael Bloomberg, kicking off a weekend of events dedicated to America's immigration heritage, said Friday that now is the time for immigration reform. Bloomberg told a bipartisan delegation of more than 70 political and community leaders from across the country that America needs a modern immigration system that "welcomes the entrepreneurs and the hard workers that will grow our nation's economy."
Sign of Hope Seen in House for Immigration Overhaul
New York Times
As House Republicans took a tentative step forward on an immigration overhaul this week and raised the possibility of citizenship for those brought to the United States illegally as young children, immigration advocates found themselves pondering a new question: Is the potential concession as far as many House Republicans are willing to go, or are they slowly inching their way toward a broader compromise?
Senate Approves Overhaul of Immigration Laws
Wall Street Journal
The Senate easily passed the most sweeping changes to immigration law in nearly 30 years, sending the landmark measure to the House, where conservative lawmakers threaten to slow the drive to grant legal status to many of the estimated 11 million people living illegally in the U.S. The 68-32 vote Thursday marked a major step in a long-debated overhaul to the immigration system and drew ceremonial flourish. Vice President Joe Biden presided over the proceedings, and lawmakers rose from their desks to cast their votes, a rarely used gesture of formality.
Immigration Law Changes Seen Cutting Billions From Deficit
New York Times
Congressional budget analysts, providing a positive economic assessment of proposed immigration law changes, said Tuesday that legislation to overhaul the nation’s immigration system would cut close to $1 trillion from the federal deficit over the next two decades and lead to more than 10 million new legal residents in the country. A long-awaited analysis by the Congressional Budget Office found that the benefits of an increase in legal residents from immigration legislation currently being debated in the Senate — which includes a pathway to citizenship — would outweigh the costs.
SHRM, ACIP Optimistic on Immigration Reform
Compromise. They didn’t use the word but that’s what Mike Aitken of the Society of Human Resource Management and Lynn Shotwell of the American Council on International Personnel seemed to agree employers would see happen in the next couple of weeks, as lawmakers in the U.S. House and Senate negotiate a comprehensive overhaul of the immigration system.
Senate Clears First Immigration Hurdle
The Senate on Tuesday voted to open debate on a comprehensive immigration overhaul bill on overwhelmingly bipartisan lines, staving off a filibuster 82 to 15.Read more
Intel, Oracle Team with HR Groups on Immigration
Seeing power in numbers, tech firms are uniting with human resources organizations and research institutions to emphasize the need for more green cards, a trusted employer program and a reliable E-Verify system. The group, led by the American Council of International Personnel and the Society for Human Resource Management, is launching a website, starting an online ad campaign, and lobbying the Hill this week.
Interactive Graphic: The Long Wait for a Green CardSteeper Proposed Visa Fees Could Cost Employers $232 Million
Wall Street Journal
The immigration bill before the Senate … would address lengthy backlogs in the existing green-card application process, in which legal immigrants often wait years or even decades for permanent resident status, a key step to citizenship. Our visual exploration of more than 20 years of State Department data shows how some legal immigrants wait much longer than others to navigate the process.
New work-permit fees proposed in the Senate’s immigration bill … would double, to $4,825, the cost of H-1B visas for highly skilled employees from overseas. … That doesn’t include the estimated cost of renewing existing visas and legal fees that range from $1,000 to $3,000 per worker, according to the American Council on International Personnel, an Alexandria-based trade association for U.S. companies using overseas talent. … The American Council on International Personnel, the advocacy group, said it objects to using visa fees for security programs. The group “supports ensuring our borders are properly secured, but we also believe that fees placed on compliant employers should be used to improve immigration services and U.S. competitiveness,’’ said Rebecca Peters, director and counsel for legislative affairs for the group, whose members include Intel and PricewaterhouseCoopers.Read more
Employers Face Deadline to Use New Worker Eligibility Form
Employers in Maryland and across the United States face a deadline Wednesday that some may not know exists but that could prove costly if ignored. That's when all employers will be required to use an updated version of the federal I-9 form to prove the eligibility of new workers. … "It's a matter of making sure everything is entered correctly," said Justin Storch, manager of agency liaison for the American Council on International Personnel, a trade group for engineering and technology companies with at least one international office. "One little slip-up here and there can open employers up to liability. It's important for all employers to know this new form is out there, but there's a good chance there are a lot employers out there who don't know it's been released."
Senate's High-Tech Visa Expansion Has Both Sides Suggesting Tweaks‘Compromise’ Immigration Measure Would Overhaul Work Visas, Mandate Use of E-Verify
The high-skilled-worker provisions in the Senate’s comprehensive immigration bill have achieved the dubious distinction of leaving both sides of the debate wanting more. Business groups are worried the bill goes too far in its attempts to protect American workers from foreign competition. Advocates for limiting foreign recruiting, including some GOP senators, say the legislation doesn’t go far enough. … Rebecca Peters, legislative affairs director for the American Council on International Personnel, said her group is “working with policymakers to ensure that some of the new additional requirements that would be imposed on employers who have less than 15 percent of their workforce on H-1B visas will not make the system so arduous as to render it unusable.” “As countless studies have shown, H-1B visa holders benefit the U.S. economy and help create jobs, so we need a system that allows them to work and contribute to America,” she said.
A comprehensive immigration bill introduced April 17 by the Senate's “gang of eight” would make sweeping changes to employment-based visas and temporary foreign worker programs, require all U.S. employers to use E-Verify, and allow most undocumented immigrants currently in the country to apply for legal status and ultimately citizenship. … “The current U.S. immigration system is holding America back from greater growth and innovation. We need a system that is efficient and embodies the needs of U.S. employers and the American workforce, allowing employers to access and retain critical talent, and we stand ready to work with all policymakers to ensure that it does,” American Council on International Personnel Executive Director Lynn Shotwell said in a statement April 17. ACIP advocates for immigration changes on behalf of large, multinational employers.