Saint Paul, MN — On Monday, July 22nd, Congresswoman Betty McCollum (MN-04) will host a listening session at 10 a.m. in Room 15 of the Minnesota State Capitol to discuss the need for Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform. Leaders from the labor, business, faith-based, law enforcement, education, and nonprofit communities will testify on the negative impacts of inaction and urgency for reform.
In June 2013, the U.S. Senate passed bipartisan immigration reform legislation (S. 744) by a vote of 68 to 32. Despite overwhelming support from the American people, House Republican leadership refused to take up the bipartisan Senate bill. It is unclear if Speaker Boehner will bring a comprehensive immigration reform bill to the House floor.
Recent polls show a majority of Americans support a comprehensive immigration reform package that provides a pathway to citizenship for qualifying undocumented immigrants. The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released a report showing that comprehensive immigration reform, as written in S. 744, would result in a net savings of $135 billion from FY2014-2023. The CBO also found that immigration reform would have positive economic impacts on overall job growth and long-term solvency for Social Security.
Congresswoman McCollum has been an early supporter of comprehensive immigration reform. In the 112th Congress, Congresswoman McCollum was a cosponsor of the DREAM Act, which enabled young people who arrived in the United States as minors and grew up in America to earn citizenship through higher education or service in the military.