The caucus approval comes as Padilla chaired a Senate committee hearing Tuesday, highlighting the vital role immigrants can play in the nation’s economic recovery from the pandemic.
“Business owner census data also shows that foreign-born people open about a quarter of new businesses, immigrants are innovative too, and make up about a quarter of all US patents.” Dr. Tom Wong, aDuring the hearing, he said, an associate professor of political science and founding director of the US Immigration Policy Center at the University of California-San Diego. “According to the new American economy, the 3 million immigrant entrepreneurs in the country employ approximately 8 million American workers. Indeed, their entrepreneurship makes them essential to long-term growth and our post-pandemic economic recovery. “
The National Immigration Law Center said the comprehensive immigration reform bill was passed overwhelmingly by the Democratic Senate in 2013, but was then blocked by the House Republicans Despite having the required votes, it would have increased GDP by more than 5% over the next two decades, reduced the national deficit by more than $ 800 billion, and increased wages for all US workers.
The approval of the 38-member caucus gives that Citizenship Act for Essential Workerswho, contrary to laws pertaining to recipients of deferred measures on the arrival of children, holders of temporary protection status and farm workers, have not yet seen a vote on the floor of the house.
“I am grateful to have the support of my CHC colleagues behind our efforts to create citizenship pathways for key migrant workers,” said Padilla. “For over a year we have been thanking the important staff who care for our aging loved ones, cleaning our hospitals, and making the food we have delivered to our homes. Many of them are undocumented, but they have worked to keep our families healthy and our economies moving. To ensure a strong and equitable recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, we must honor key migrant workers with more than our words. You’ve earned a path to citizenship. “
“Congress must recognize the dedication, sacrifice and strength of these important workers who are the invisible heroes of the COVID-19 pandemic with a path to citizenship,” Castro said. “After a terrible year of pandemic, four years of Donald Trump’s cruelty to immigrants, and decades of failure by both parties to address a deeply broken immigration system, we cannot fail the American people again with inaction. With the support of the CHC, the House must act quickly to pass the Citizenship Act for Essential Workers. “