Immigration Reform: Money Talks

July 30, 2013

Money may be one persuasive way to convince House members of the Republican Party to unite in efforts to pass immigration reform. Some of the G.O.P.'s largest donors –more than 100– have sent a letter to Republican members of Congress urging them to support legal status for the undocumented aliens.

The letter campaign was organized by Carlos Gutierrez, the founder of the Republican PAC, Republicans for Immigration Reform. He served as the former secretary of commerce under President George W. Bush.

Letter signers include, former Vice-President Dan Quayle; Bush's former chief of staff, Karl Rove; Staples founder Tom Stemberg; and Melacleucca founder, Frank VanderSloot.

From the letter:
We believe that it is the responsibility of our elected leaders to ensure that our laws keep us safe and help our economy grow. Our current immigration system does neither.
. . .Doing nothing is de facto amnesty. We need to take control of whom we let in this country and we need to make sure everybody plays by the same rules. To fix our immigration system we need meaningful reforms that will (1) secure our borders, (2) provide a legal way for U.S.-based companies to hire the workers they need while making it impossible to hire workers here illegally, and (3) take control of our undocumented immigration problem by providing a path to legal status for undocumented immigrants who pay penalties and back taxes, pass criminal background checks, and go to the back of the line.  
Standing in the way of reform ensures that we perpetuate a broken system that stifles our economy, leaves millions of people in America unaccounted for, maintain a porous border and risk a long-lasting perception that Republicans would rather see nothing done than pass needed reform. That is not the path for the Republican Party. 
. . .Immigrants are often entrepreneurial, family-minded, and guided by faith. These are Republican values. Immigrants play key roles at every level of the American economy – from high skill workers to seasonal laborers, from big city neighborhoods to small town main streets, immigrants help drive our economic growth. These are Republican issues. Republicans ought to be welcoming immigrants and be seen as doing so. 
We firmly believe that with meaningful action on immigration reform, there is opportunity for both good policy and good politics for Republicans.
It will be interesting to see what influence this letter has on Republican lawmakers who face re-election next year and need the financial backing of donors like the 100 who signed the letter.


Some innovative Colorado pro-immigration groups have joined together to institute a "buy-cott" to support businesses that are promoting for immigration reform. 

Over 400 statewide businesses signed on to to "buy-cott" that runs in from August 5 -11 in Colorado communities.

Buy-cott rallies are being held across the state to promote the idea and allow those who support immigration reform to positively show their support.
Customers will be able to open their wallets at businesses that favor immigration reform that includes a pathway to citizenship for 11 million undocumented aliens.

Groups that support the movement include the NAACP, the Colorado Immigrants Rights Coalition, Bend the Arc for Justice, Colorado Main Street Alliance, and the Colorado Progressive Coalition

White House Releases New immigration Report

The White House released a report, Fixing Our Broken Immigration System: The Economic Benefits to Agriculture and Rural Communities, which details how immigration reform will benefit the agricultural sector and rural communities.

From The White House press release:
As the report states, in recent years, the agriculture sector has seen strong growth, with farm income and agriculture exports both reaching historic highs. But there’s more work to do, and currently the agriculture industry is hampered by a broken immigration system that fails to support a predictable and stable workforce. Among all economic sectors, the U.S. agriculture sector is particularly reliant on foreign-born workers. Agricultural producers cite difficulty in locating qualified available authorized workers—both foreign and domestic—as one reason for the high rate of undocumented labor. Moreover, there continues to be insufficient U.S. workers to fill labor needs: of those crop workers surveyed between 2007 and 2009, 71 percent were foreign born. 
As President Obama said in his State of the Union address, "If we’re truly committed to strengthening our middle class and providing more ladders of opportunity to those who are willing to work hard to make it into the middle class, we’ve got to fix the system. We have to bring this shadow economy into the light so that everybody is held accountable — businesses for who they hire, and immigrants for getting on the right side of the law. That’s common sense. And that’s why we need comprehensive immigration reform." 
In June, the Senate passed historic legislation that is largely consistent with the President’s principles for commonsense immigration reform with a strong bipartisan vote. This bill would strengthen border security while providing an earned path to citizenship for undocumented farmworkers who are vital to our nation’s agriculture industry, and a new temporary worker program negotiated by major grower associations and farmworker groups. If enacted, the Senate bill would result in undocumented workers paying a fine, their full share of taxes and is estimated to allow an estimated 1.5 million agricultural workers and their dependents to earn legal status.


Anonymous said...

wow 11 million undocumented will produce $11M if they chip in $1 each, how much more if they can give more than that? Lots of money? nope, more if they share tax when they are legalized that will help the economy!

Anonymous said...

big business always wins after all the federqalization hoopla, they waited and lobbied patiently to add 3 notes on the bottom of an omnibus act, and federalization is stalled forever.