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Comprehensive Immigration Reform

House Republicans: Our Deadline is August 2nd

11As House Republicans debate whether or not they will act on immigration reform, they should remember the deadline of Aug. 2nd that the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM) has set for the House to pass a bill containing a pathway to citizenship.

Until then, and if House GOP members decide to ignore the deadline, FIRM will continue to support actions such as driving calls to Congress, sending emails and petitions, holding rallies, town hall meetings, the works. We will remind any lawmaker who votes against immigration reform that our political power will be unleashed against them come election time.

So I hope House Republicans use their summer wisely and act in a bipartisan manner, like the Senate did, to craft an immigration reform bill that contains a pathway to citizenship and keeps families together. And act quickly to make the Aug. 2nd deadline. If not, we will make sure they hear our voices during their summer recess period.

 

Pope Francis Asks for Compassion Toward Immigrants

Pope Francis delivered pro-immigrant messages during his first official trip outside Rome as he urged the public to show compassion for immigrants. Pope Francis denounced the “globalization of indifference” to migrants, calling their suffering “a painful thorn in my heart.”

Pope Francis argues that sovereign nations and their citizens have the responsibility to protect those who come to their countries to pursue better lives for their families and themselves. But in the U.S., our current broken immigration system has separated many families.

During his life, Pope Francis has shown great compassion toward immigrants and we should all follow his example.

For more information,  http://cfor.cc/16jdN4B

Mapping the Impact

Today I stumbled across this interactive map which charts the impact of immigrant students, workers and entrepreneurs in every American state. The project, known as Map the Impact, is informative and engaging; it deploys relevant statistics and persuasive figures that underscore how much immigrant populations contribute to the economy on the state level. Here’s the (paraphrased) entry for Maryland as a good, local example:

On average, a foreign-born Master’s or PhD degree holder working in a STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) field will create an additional 2.6 jobs in-state. As STEM careers move to play a greater role in the national economy, this figure is sure to rise. Additionally, immigrant-owned businesses in Maryland generate an annual income of $2.8 billion. If these entrepreneurs are provided secure pathways to citizenship, as the legislation currently under debate in the Senate promises, they will surely expand their role as job creators and business leaders. Thirdly, research predicts a massive shortage of registered nurses and medical professionals in Maryland by 2020. Immigrants are already filling these gaps: over a quarter of the state’s physicians graduated from foreign medical schools, almost entirely composed of immigrant students.

Perhaps these numbers aren’t mind-boggling; maybe the Maryland statistics don’t necessarily scream out for an overhaul of the immigration system. What they do indicate, however, is that immigrants are immensely important to the economy’s wellbeing. More and more reports prove—last week’s CBO findings are the prime example—that immigration reform is, in fact, a force multiplier for the national economy. Job creation, a shrinking deficit, more secure funding for Social Security: all these things can and will be accomplished if Congress commits to passing the bill. The impact of an enlightened, reformed immigration system is clear in maps, charts and graphs. Now is the time to see it in writing.

Click here for more on the Map the Impact project.

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