As Congressional lawmakers spend August recess in their home districts, the White House said that bipartisan support for immigration reform continues to mount. Advocates for immigration have been meeting with their senators and representatives to discuss why legislation should be passed when Congress resumes in September.
The latest Republican representative to support immigration reform is Jeff Denham of California. He was joined by Senator Richard Du rbin and Representative Bill Foster, both of Illinois, in support of repairing the nation’s broken immigration system. According to the White House, the majority of Americans want Congress to pass immigration reform.
The White House released a number of reports that included the economic benefits of passing such legislation. There are also lawmakers like Sen. John McCain who tried to show his constituents that immigration reform would have an impact on Arizona’s economy, the Associated Press reported.
By giving the nation’s 11 million undocumented immigrants a pathway to citizenship, jobs will be created thus leading to a better economy. According to the AP, McCain wants lawmakers from the House of Representatives who are opposed to the reform to hear how much the public supports it.
“We all respond to our constituents,” McCain told the AP. “Over 70 percent of the people in Arizona support a path to citizenship if they pay back taxes, learn English, get in line behind everybody who has waited legally, and so we hope to convince them without being disrespectful to my House colleagues.”
McCain wants to pass immigration reform to reduce the nation’s unemployment numbers, add to Arizona’s economy and create thousands of jobs. The main focus on targeting those opposed to immigration reform is in the House, as they made several changes to the Senate’s bipartisan overhaul bill that passed in June, including a rejection of a path to citizenship.
“There’s 11 million people who are here living in the shadows and they’re not going to deport them,” McCain told the source. “That’s de facto amnesty. And the path to citizenship is 10 years, it’s a couple thousand dollars in fines, it’s a long process towards citizenship, at least 10 years, just in order to get a green card. It’s very tough and arduous.”