Boxer, Feinstein Urge California House Members to Pass Comprehensive Immigration Reform Legislation
Senators Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) sent letters to each of California’s 53 House members urging their support for passing S. 744, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act, bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform legislation that passed the Senate in June.
In the letter, Senators Boxer and Feinstein insisted that passing the comprehensive reform bill would fix the nation’s broken immigration system and is “the right thing for California.”
“Our state has the most at stake in any immigration reform debate. We are home to nearly a quarter of the nation’s undocumented immigrant population – more than any other state,” the Senators wrote in the letter. “Our constituents and our communities are ready and waiting for reform.”
The Senators pointed out that passing comprehensive immigration reform would add more than 18,000 jobs annually in California alone and as much as $8 billion into California’s economy each year. Additionally, the Congressional Budget Office cost estimate of S. 744 found that the legislation would reduce the federal budget deficit by $158 billion over the next 10 years, and $685 billion in the following decade.
“The economic case for passing S. 744 right now could not be clearer,” the Senators wrote. “Beyond that, we feel a moral imperative to enact comprehensive immigration reform. This country was built on the shoulders of our immigrant ancestors, and California, perhaps more than any other state, has and will continue to benefit from the contributions of immigrants. We must preserve that legacy so that the United States is ever rejuvenated and prosperous.”