Fighting for Immigration Reform
Immigration reform supporters are excited after revealing a report that details the economic benefits if comprehensive immigration reform is passed.
The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees union, or AFSCME, revealed a study done by the Center for American Progress.
The study highlights key benefits that would be seen in the State of Washington, if immigrants are provided a pathway to citizenship.
According to the study, immigration reform will help create over 3,000 jobs, a year, and boost the state economy by more than 800 billion dollars over ten years.
However, supporters argue those benefits are just a pipe dream, so long as immigrants remain undocumented.
"They're in the shadows, they really can't do anything," said OneAmerica member Juanita Soto, "They really don't have any benefits, they really can't go into bank accounts. There's so many things that they are not able to accomplish, that they would be able to accomplish one they are residents and [have] A pathway to citizenship. So it would open up a whole big window of avenues and benefits."
AFSCME members say they expect Congress to take a look at the topic in the fall.
Here is a link to the full study.