Press Release - Local City, County Government to announce support for immigration reform


July 7, 2013

Headline: Local city, county government to announce
support for immigration
reform


BLOOMINGTON, IND.--Bloomington and Monroe County officials
are following the progress of comprehensive immigration reform with interest and
concern. On July 10, 2 p.m., at the Monroe County Courthouse, representatives
from the mayor’s office, the county commissioners, city council, and county
council will hold a press conference to share their reasons for urging Congress
to finalize an immigration bill this legislative session.

To emphasize the importance of including strong, enforceable protections for undocumented
workers and guestworkers,  Indiana AFL-CIO president Nancy Guyott and White
River Central Labor Council president Jackie Yenna are scheduled to join the
press conference.

“Local government leaders are united in our concern for
the welfare of all our residents, including immigrants and non-citizens,” says
Bloomington mayor Mark Kruzan. “More broadly, we understand how worker-friendly
immigration reform promises to strengthen our national, state, and local
economies.”

According to an analysis by the Center for American Progress,
“both the acquisition of legal status and citizenship [would] enable
undocumented immigrants to produce and earn significantly more.” The resulting
productivity and wage gains “ripple through the economy because immigrants are
not just workers—they are also taxpayers and consumers… This increased
consumption boosts business sales, expands the economy, generates new jobs, and
increases the earnings of all Americans.”

The Congressional Budget Office projects that the bipartisan Senate immigration bill (S744), which includes a
pathway to citizenship and important worker protections, would decrease the
federal deficit by $135 billion over the next 10 years.

On the other hand, enforcement-only policies are costly and inefficient. According to a study
by the Immigration Policy Center, “a mass deportation and zero-immigration
policy would decrease U.S. GDP by $2.6 trillion over 10 years.”

“On humanitarian grounds and with our community’s self-interest in mind, we urge
Representative Todd Young to publicly support a comprehensive immigration bill
with a pathway to citizenship and worker protections,” says county council
president Geoff McKim. “And we urge him to ask Speaker Boehner to call the bill
for a vote.”