USHCC Praises President Obama’s Remarks on Immigration Reform; Shares Frustration with Congress
WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The following is a statement by the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Javier Palomarez:
“The USHCC commends President Obama for his remarks today, who recognized the moral and economic imperative for passing comprehensive immigration reform. Our association is disappointed by those who refuse to act on immigration because of their disapproval of President Obama’s use of executive orders, a constitutional authority that previous presidents have used. We share the President’s – and the American public’s – frustration with Congress, and call on the House of Representatives to vote on the Senate bill that passed over a year ago, or advance a sensible alternative. In the coming days, the USHCC will work to bridge the divide between the administration and Congress to take necessary action.
The evidence and support for immigration reform is overwhelming and immutable. Leaders of major U.S. brands such as AT&T, Coca-Cola, Facebook, McDonalds, and Verizon recognize the surge in economic growth, innovation, and job creation that a comprehensive bill would unleash. Moreover, our economic study with the George W. Bush Institute shows that passing immigration reform would shrink the national deficit, help alleviate our social security concerns, and grow the economy by an additional 4 percent every year.
While the economic benefits of passing comprehensive immigration reform are clear, the justification for why Congress has failed to pass bipartisan legislation is not. Our association, as well as a majority of the American public, knows that this is an issue worth fighting for and we will continue advocating for the economic opportunities that would result from signing a comprehensive bill into law.”
Founded in 1979, the USHCC actively promotes the economic growth and development of our nation's entrepreneurs. The USHCC advocates on behalf of nearly 3.2 million Hispanic-owned businesses, that together contribute in excess of $468 billion to the American economy, each year. As the leading organization of its kind, the USHCC serves as an umbrella to more than 200 local chambers and business associations across the nation, and partners with more than 220 major corporations.
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