Progressive Caucus Co-Chairs Stand in Support of CHC Principles for Immigration Reform12/13/12
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 13, 2012
Washington, D.C. – Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) Co-Chairs Reps. Raúl M. Grijalva (D-AZ) and Keith Ellison (D-MN) released the following statement today after the CPC unanimously endorsed the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) Principles on Immigration Reform and Our Commitment to the American Dream:
“We are proud of our strong relationship with the Hispanic Caucus, and today we’re proud to endorse a common-sense approach to passing comprehensive immigration reform. We are a nation of immigrants. Our parents or grandparents came to this country from somewhere else so that our families could build a future in America. We are committed to giving that opportunity to everyone who is willing to work for it.
“The immigration reform discussion should focus on keeping families together, strengthening our communities, and harnessing the potential of every person willing to work hard and earn a part of the American dream. The principles introduced by the CHC achieve these goals and guide our position on immigration reform.
“Immigration reform is a significant issue on our agenda for a fair and just country—and it makes good economic sense. A recent report from the Center for American Progress and the Immigration Policy Center found that a legalization process for unauthorized workers would yield $1.5 trillion in cumulative U.S. gross domestic product over 10 years. By expanding our taxpaying workforce and bringing people into legal compliance, we can help our economy grow.
“This isn’t a free ride. We need to ensure that new Americans register, pay their taxes, pass background checks, learn English, and earn legal status. We also need to respect the sanctity of families, stop unnecessary separations and hold unscrupulous employers accountable. These principles lay the foundation for an immigration system that honors our nation’s greatest values and traditions.
“The diversity of the CPC reflects the diversity of our nation, and we are pleased to join the CHC in pushing wholeheartedly for lasting immigration reform.”