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AI Justice Statement on New Senate Immigration Reform Principles

AI Justice Team January 28, 2013 Comments Off
AI Justice Statement on New Senate Immigration Reform Principles

For Immediate Release

Contacts: Cory Smith, Washington D.C. Office Director, 202-361-1442 csmith@aijustice.org
Susana Barciela, Policy Director, 305-301-9762 sbarciela@aijustice.org

January 28, 2013

Welcome Progress on Immigration Reform

Statement from Cory Smith, Washington D.C.Office Director, Americans for Immigrant Justice:

“Americans for Immigrant Justice commends the efforts of bipartisan senators who have agreed on broad principles for immigration reform. Our country desperately needs sound immigration fixes that balance the needs of businesses, immigrant families and workers, our national security and well being. AI Justice looks forward to engaging in a robust debate on how reform can best be achieved. We also are hopeful that immigration reform can become a reality through leadership and cooperation between Congressional Republicans and Democrats and the President.”

Immigration reform is a win-win for the United States. Legalizing the 11 million undocumented immigrants would generate $1.5 trillion in cumulative GDP over 10 years and would add approximately $5 billion in federal tax revenues. Passing the DREAM Act alone would put 2.1 million youth on a pathway to legal status, adding $329 billion to our economy over the next two decades.

Americans for Immigrant Justice (AI Justice) has been fighting for the American dream since its founding in 1996. One of the nation’s largest non-profit immigration law firms, AI Justice represents vulnerable immigrants at no charge. This direct service work informs its broader policy work. AI Justice influences national policy; successfully litigates or otherwise challenges patterns of abuse; and educates the public about the impact immigration laws and directives have on our communities. AI Justice is dedicated to protecting and promoting the basic human rights of immigrants. Please visit www.aijustice.org for more information.

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