Statement by Bipartisan Policy Center Immigration Task Force Stresses Economic Benefits of Reform

Statement by Bipartisan Policy Center Immigration Task Force Stresses Economic
                              Benefits of Reform

PR Newswire

WASHINGTON, May 6, 2013

WASHINGTON, May 6, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is a
statement by the members of the Bipartisan Policy Center's (BPC) Immigration
Task Force about recent estimates on the costs of legalizing the current
undocumented population:

"A defining attribute of this country is our tradition of welcoming aspiring
foreigners who come to this land of opportunity with skill, determination and
a willingness to embrace our values. We all benefit from these immigrants'
passion for bettering their circumstances and those of their children.

"Recent reports have claimed that legalizing the current undocumented
population, as proposed by the Senate Gang of Eight, will cost our country
$6.3 trillion.We strongly believe that this study's modeling and assumptions
are fundamentally flawed because they do not account for the many
contributions that an appropriately reformed immigration system can afford our
economy and our country. 

"Immigrants contribute profoundly to our society, be they first generation
entrepreneurs or essential low-skilled workers. Highly-educated immigrants
create jobs for Americans, while a measured influx of lesser-skilled workers
assures that essential jobs in agriculture and other areas will be performed.
Secondary effects of an appropriately reformed and responsive immigration
system will include growing our housing market, strengthening our financial
system, and supporting our social safety programs. When public discourse
focuses solely on potential costs of reform, we lose sight of key economic
benefits of a smarter immigration policy. These newest members of our
communities are future consumers, home-buyers, doctors and teachers. They
start a disproportionate number of new businesses, employing hundreds of
thousands of workers and contributing billions to the economy. Newly legalized
immigrants would further expand the economy and our tax base, particularly
after earning full access to the institutions that helped make America the
world's greatest mobilizer of human potential.

"If implemented smartly to grow our economy while protecting our borders,
immigration reform will benefit all Americans."

BPC's Immigration Task Force
Co-Chairs:
Former Governor Haley Barbour
Former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Henry Cisneros
Former Governor Ed Rendell
Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice

Task Force Members:
Former Congressman Howard Berman (D-CA)
Al Cardenas, chair of the American Conservatives Union
John Chen, former chairman,chief executive officerand president ofSybase
Former Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff
Eliseo Medina, International Secretary-Treasurer of the Service Employees
International Union
John Rowe, former chairman andChief Executive Officerof ExelonCorporation
Former Congressman John Shadegg (R-AZ)
Former Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis

About the Bipartisan Policy Center:
Founded in 2007 by former Senate Majority Leaders Howard Baker, Tom Daschle,
Bob Dole and George Mitchell, the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) is a
non-profit organization that drives principled solutions through rigorous
analysis, reasoned negotiation, and respectful dialogue. With projects in
multiple issue areas, BPC combines politically-balanced policymaking with
strong, proactive advocacy and outreach. For more information, please visit
our website: www.bipartisanpolicy.org.

SOURCE Bipartisan Policy Center

Website: http://www.bipartisanpolicy.org