Bibles, Badges and Business Urge Reform After Positive CBO Score for Immigration Reform Bill

Digital Communications Manager

June 19, 2013

WASHINGTON, DC – Following the release of scoring data regarding S. 744, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act, by the Congressional Budget Office, Bibles, Badges and Business leaders from across the country applauded the positive score and once again urged Congress to pass immigration reform:

Ali Noorani, Executive Director, National Immigration Forum

“The Congressional Budget Office’s report confirms what business leaders have been saying all along: Commonsense immigration reform is good for the economy. Both the 10- and 20-year numbers show that reforming our broken immigration system does not add a cent to the national deficit. Rather, the Gang of 8 bill will result in net savings of about $197 billion in the first ten years, and up to $700 billion in 20 years.

“This is the push Congress needs to move broad reform past the finish line.”

Fergus Cullen, Former Chair of the New Hampshire Republican Party

“CBO confirms what conservatives have been saying all along: Immigration reform is a boon to America’s economy and will reduce the national debt. I appreciate Sen. Ayotte’s support of comprehensive reform of our broken immigration system, which will be good for New Hampshire and good for the country.”

Grover Norquist, President, Americans for Tax Reform

“Today’s CBO score is more evidence that immigration is key to economic growth. Immigration reform will jumpstart America’s economy and reduce our national debt. And because CBO employed the type of dynamic analysis conservatives have long clamored for, we have a full accounting of both the costs and benefits of reform. I urge Congress to fix our broken immigration system for the sake of the American economy.”

Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, President, National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference

“The CBO confirms what we have predicted all along; passing immigration reform not only stands as the right thing to do morally and politically but also financially. Accordingly, the only question yet unanswered stems out of one simple query. Does Congress have the courage to finally act? Now is the time. “

Rev. Gabriel Salguero, President, National Latino Evangelical Coalition

“The case for immigration reform continues to grow stronger. In addition to the moral case made by faith leaders, the CBO has now reported that it will be an economic boon for our nation. Evangelical calls for bi-partisan leadership for immigration reform are getting stronger.”

Angela Smith Jones, Director of Public Policy, Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce

“Comprehensive immigration reform is critical and necessary for the continued success of business in our country. Immigrants contribute greatly to the workforce as loyal and valued employees, and as entrepreneurs and innovators. We must bring our immigration laws in line with our current needs, and we must include a fair and reasonable pathway to citizenship. As we all know, business competes globally, not locally or nationally and thus we must have a welcoming environment for all.”