Washington, D.C. — Today, the U.S. House Judiciary Committee will mark up Chairman Jerrold Nadler’s (D-NY) proposal for the Build Back Better Act, which includes a pathway to citizenship for Dreamers, Temporary Protected Status (TPS)-eligible individuals, and undocumented essential workers, including farmworkers.
In response, Philip E. Wolgin, acting vice president of Immigration Policy at the Center for American Progress, issued the following statement:
Today, we are one step closer to long-awaited relief for millions of Dreamers, TPS holders, and essential workers, including farmworkers. These are hardworking, aspiring Americans who contribute every day to our nation’s shared prosperity. An estimated 5 million undocumented workers in the United States have helped fight the coronavirus pandemic and have kept the country running as essential front-line workers. The proposal unveiled by Chairman Nadler would improve the lives of millions of immigrant families and make urgently needed investments to ensure that our country’s economic recovery is as big and equitable as it needs to be to meet the challenges we face.
As the Center for American Progress has long argued, a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants would grow our economy, create new jobs, and ensure that families stay safe and together. A previous CAP study found that creating a pathway to citizenship for Dreamers, individuals eligible for TPS, and undocumented immigrants in essential occupations, including farmworkers, would grow U.S. gross domestic product by $1.5 trillion, raise the annual wages of all workers by $600, and create more than 400,000 new jobs over the next decade.
Recently, more than 50 of the nation’s leading economists sent a letter to Congress urging them to include a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants in a final budget reconciliation package, arguing that “granting a pathway to citizenship for millions of aspiring Americans will bring expansive economic benefits to communities across the country—while having a significant impact on the federal budget—not only for the individuals directly affected, but for the larger systems—families, and the workforce—that they comprise.”
- “Citizenship for Undocumented Immigrants Would Boost U.S. Economic Growth” by Giovanni Peri and Reem Zaiour
- “A Pathway to Citizenship and Economic Growth Through Budget Reconciliation” by Philip E. Wolgin
- “Protecting Undocumented Workers on the Pandemic’s Front Lines: Immigrants Are Essential to America’s Recovery” by Nicole Prchal Svajlenka
- “A Demographic and Economic Profile of Undocumented Workers on the Pandemic’s Front Lines” by Nicole Prchal Svajlenka
- “What We Know About the Demographic and Economic Impacts of DACA Recipients: Spring 2020 Edition” by Nicole Prchal Svajlenka and Philip E. Wolgin
- “A Demographic Profile of DACA Recipients on the Frontlines of the Coronavirus Response” by Nicole Prchal Svajlenka
- “A Demographic Profile of TPS Holders Providing Essential Services During the Coronavirus Crisis” by Nicole Prchal Svajlenka and Tom Jawetz
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