Congressman Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico's Third District and First Vice Chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus announced that he is an original cosponsor of a comprehensive immigration reform bill that was introduced in the House of Representatives yesterday.
"It is clear that we need to fix our broken immigration system and pass comprehensive reform that is good for our economy, good for our families, and good for our security. This legislation is tough but fair and reflects the contributions immigrants make to our community every day," Congressman Luján said. "There is a growing coalition -- from the high tech sector to the law enforcement, from the agricultural sector to the faith community -- demanding reform and it is long past time that House Republicans get serious about immigration reform and allow a vote on this legislation that should earn bipartisan support. Americans have been coming together on this issue and it's time for the House to act."
The House bill is comprised of elements that have all garnered bipartisan support. It contains provisions of the comprehensive immigration reform bill that passed the Senate in June by a bipartisan vote of 68 to 32, with one important change. The House bill replaces border security provisions that were added in the Corker-Hoeven amendment with the bipartisan provisions of the McCaul-Thompson border security bill that was passed out of the House Homeland Security Committee with unanimous support in May.
"Throughout the immigration debate, I have had the opportunity to speak with DREAMers in New Mexico and Washington, D.C. who represent the promise of America. Brought here by no fault of their own to the only home they have known, so many have worked hard with the goal of building a better life for themselves, their families, and their communities," Luján added. "Their determination and enduring spirit are an inspiration and an example of just how important it is for Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform that provides them with an opportunity to succeed and make our country stronger."
According to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, enactment of the bipartisan Senate-passed comprehensive immigration reform bill would reduce the deficit by $850 billion. CBO also estimates that the Senate-passed bill would increase economic growth by 3.3 percent in 2023 and 5.4 percent in 2033.