Obama Says Immigration Reform Will Boost Economy

| by Amanda Schallert
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President Barack Obama argued immigration reform is a bipartisan effort that would boost the American economy on Saturday, as part of a continuing push from Democrats for a new immigration bill.

Last month, the U.S. Senate passed a bipartisan bill that would allow a path to citizenship for 11 million undocumented Americans and increase border security and to reform immigration, according to ABC News.

The bill has hit a roadblock in the House though, where some Republican leaders are protesting the bill’s allowance of a path to citizenship, according to CBS News.

The White House issued a report highlighting the positive economic outcomes of immigration reform Wednesday.

While reform would help the economy and decrease the deficit by $197 billion, Republicans have also noted that average pay wages would drop if the bill were to pass.

Republican House Speaker John Boehner chose not to bring the bill to the House floor for a vote, after Republicans voiced disapproval for the one, encompassing bill. 

"If we don't do anything to fix our broken system, our workforce will continue to shrink as baby boomers retire," Obama said in his radio address. "The House needs to act so I can sign common-sense immigration reform into law."

Sources: ABC News, CBS News