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House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-SC), U.S. Reps. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), Veronica Escobar (D-TX), Val Demings (D-FL) join ABIC and Immigration Reform Leaders to Hold Virtual Press Event Following Historic Committee Action on Immigration Reform

Washington, DC —  U.S. House Majority Whip James E. Clyburn (D-SC), and members of the House Judiciary Committee, including U.S. Reps. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), Chair of the Immigration and Citizenship Subcommittee; Veronica Escobar (D-TX), and Val Demings (D-FL), will join the American Business Immigration Coalition (ABIC) and other immigration reform leaders at a virtual press event TODAY following historic committee approval of critical immigration reform measures. The immigration language is being considered for inclusion in the  Build Back Better reconciliation process.

The House committee approved urgent measures to support families and improve our economy that will provide pathways to citizenship for Dreamers,Temporary Protected Status holders (TPS), farmworkers and essential workers. If these measures become law they will be the most important immigration reforms in decades and will provide a boost to our economy and labor force at a critical time of worker shortages across various sectors.

Participants in today’s event, scheduled for 1:00 P.M. Eastern, will discuss the important and historic nature of these reforms, why immigration solutions are vital to our economy and our labor force, the ongoing national campaign to pass immigration reform now and why immigration reform is as strong a candidate for inclusion in reconciliation as any policy under consideration.

Last week, a group of the nation’s leading economists sent a letter to congressional leadership urging a pathway to citizenship through reconciliation, arguing that it would bolster the U.S. economy. In the letter, economists calculate that “creating a pathway to citizenship for Dreamers, those eligible for TPS, and undocumented immigrants in essential occupations, including farmworkers, would grow U.S. GDP 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. Also, a new poll found 67-26% support for legalization in reconciliation extending across party lines, with intensity strongly pro-immigrant.  

What:  Press Event marking House Judiciary Committee Vote on Immigration Reform measures and urgency for Inclusion in Build Back Better Act  


U.S. House Majority Whip James E. Clyburn (D-SC)

U.S. Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), Chair of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and Citizenship

U.S. Rep. Veronica Escobar (D-TX), Member, House Judiciary Committee

U.S. Rep. Val Demings (D-FL), Member, House Judiciary Committee

Rebecca Shi, Executive Director American Business Immigration Coalition

Mike Fernandez, Chairman of MBF Healthcare Partners and ABIC Co-Chair

Angelica Salas, the Executive Director of CHIRLA – The Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights

Teresa Romero, President, United Farm Workers

Frank Knapp, President and CEO, South Carolina Small Business Chamber of Commerce

When: TODAY, September 14th at 1:00 P.M. Eastern

Where: Via Zoom. 

The American Business Immigration Coalition (ABIC) promotes common sense immigration reform that advances economic competitiveness, provides companies with both the high-skilled and low-skilled talent they need, and allows the integration of immigrants into our economy as consumers, workers, entrepreneurs, and citizens.  ABIC is active in key states and communities across the country engaging activists, advocates, business leaders and elected officials on the urgency of passing immigration reform that boosts our economy, creates jobs, eases the labor shortage and supports families.