Congress to Obama: Immigration Reform ‘Final Economic Blow for Millions of Workers’

Thursday, January 9, 2014
By Paul Martin

Sixteen House members urge White House to drop immigration reform

BY: Elizabeth Harrington
January 9, 2014

Sixteen House members sent a letter to President Barack Obama late Wednesday afternoon urging him to drop his renewed request for immigration reform because of its detrimental effect to the U.S. economy.

The letter, led by Rep. Mo Brooks (R., Ala.), lays out the case against the Senate’s “Gang of Eight” bill that passed last year, contending the legislation would hurt American wages and increase unemployment.

“We write to you today on behalf of the 21 million Americans who can’t find a full-time job,” the letter begins. “We write to you on behalf of the 6 million young Americans who are neither working nor in school. We write on behalf of the countless American workers whose wages today are lower than they were more than a decade ago. We write on behalf of the 90 million Americans over 16—including early retirees, college grads living at home, and those living on welfare—who are not part of our nation’s workforce.”

“That is why we reject your call for the House to get an immigration bill to your desk that would permanently displace American workers,” the lawmakers write.

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