Skip to comments.White House: Pathway to citizenship would boost GDP by $1.4T over decade
Posted on 08/13/2013 2:02:07 PM PDT by jazusamo
The White House on Tuesday released a new report arguing a pathway to citizenship for the nation's 11 million illegal immigrants would add 2 million jobs to the economy and boost gross domestic product by $1.4. trillion over the next decade.
The report, penned by Director of Domestic Policy Cecilia Muñoz and Director of the National Economic Council Gene Sperling, is the latest in a series of releases touting the economic benefits of comprehensive immigration reform as the White House pushes House Republicans to act on the issue.
"We cannot afford a system that creates a group which can never become fully American, denying equal rights to people who pay the same taxes and play by the same rules even after they've paid a penalty and gotten on the right side of the law," the pair writes.
The White House has focused its attention on an economic argument for immigration reform since the Senate approved a bipartisan bill that would provide a pathway to citizenship, as well as beef up border security and implement a electronic employee verification system, in a 68-32 vote in June.
Two weeks ago, the White House released state-by-state reports outlining the potential economic benefits of passing the Senate bill, following up on a July study form Muñoz and Sperling detailing the overall national economic impact. Another report focused on benefits to farmers and rural communities.
Some Republican lawmakers, though, have criticized the White House's effort to argue the positive economics of immigration reform.
Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) said earlier this month that the bill "has become synonymous with corporate welfare" and said lawmakers should be "more concerned with the welfare of millions of struggling workers and taxpayers."
"Perhaps we can finally have this debate out in the open and dispense once and for all with the idea that the CEOs bankrolling the immigration push are concerned with anything other than reducing the cost of labor," Sessions said earlier this month.
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) has also said he opposes a pathway to citizenship.
"People have a pathway to citizenship right now: It's to abide by the immigration laws, and if they have family relationships, if they have a job skill that allows them to do that, they can obtain citizenship," Goodlatte told NPR News. "But simply someone who broke the law, came here, say, 'I'll give you citizenship now,' that I don't think is going to happen."
In a press conference last week, President Obama said that "internal Republican caucus politics" were holding back progress on the immigration bill.
"I am absolutely certain that the votes for the Senate bill which strengthens border security; demands responsibility from undocumented workers to pay a fine, pay a penalty and get to the back of the line; reforms our legal immigration system; holds employers accountable I am absolutely confident that if that bill was on the floor of the House, it would pass," Obama said.
Obummer and his lapdogs are putting on the full court press to try and get this abomination through the House.
KILL THE BILL!
And Obamacare will lower costs of health insurance!
My oh my, what wondrous things these government pipples can do!
Taking 30M from living in harmony with nature ( walking ) and moving them North into 9mpg, 20 year old SUV, clunkers, hurts Mother Gia.
Lessen learned from the 30’s: If you’re going to lie, make it a big one!
I would guess that per capita income would drop significantly.
That’s just a mere $1.4T...
I’d be willing to bet that if we just converted to pure Marxism/Fascism, we could tack on an additional $10.0 T... why even stop there.. lets convert to Marxism/Fascism with single-payer health care, Rice paddy economy, and gulags, I’m sure that’s good for boosting the economy by $100.0 T!
These people are retards. Illegals are a drag on the economy overall and they know it.
The truth is that it is just another step along the way to overwhelm and destroy American civilization. Fill it with disunity and crime.
Next White House Headline should read:
White House seeks to legalize the Crime of theft. Predicts it will boost GDP by 2 trillion a year. As Stolen Items must be replaced.
trashing O-care now would reinvigorate the economy a lot faster
AMEN to that!! Great graphic.
KILL THE BILL!
How the hell does amnesty add 2 million jobs? It adds 2 million unemployed!!
The BULK of the Illegals don't pay taxes at all, live on Food Stamps, get Welfare CASH, live in SUBSIDIZED housing, and generally lead parasitic lifestyles, spending only on food and misc., and sending money back to the Motherland. This crap of them "contributing" is nowhere NEAR what it will cost the Taxpayers, which they ALREADY are paying for now, and will just INCREASE when the flood continues.
So 1.4T is what; Three Mexican grocery stores on every block in Philly laundering drug money instead of only one?
Well let them ALL in and boost by 14 Trillion, and more.
That’s how to pay back Bernanke’s debt.
Maybe it will increase it by that much and maybe it won’t. But I’m sure it would be offset by the astronomical amount of “freebies” that would be given out.
White House: Pathway to citizenship would boost GDP by $1.4T over decade
Yeah, and Obamacare won’t cost more than 1 TRILLION DOLLARS EITHER.
Check out # 6 by onyx. Says it all: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3054247/posts?page=6#6