Republicans have spent years pushing an anti-immigration agenda. Trump’s promises to “build a wall” and his racist rhetoric around undocumented brown people being “rapists and drug dealers” helped get him elected, proving the claims that the GOP had become the party of racism correct.
According to ABIC’s NEW bipartisan poll, voters in 11 key battleground states and 70 competitive House districts support by a 3-to-1 margin a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants as part of the budget reconciliation bill. Congress needs to act now! #CitizenshipNOW pic.twitter.com/cYoLjGVPKh
— American Business Immigration Coalition (ABIC) (@AmericanBIC) September 22, 2021
Instead of winning them elections, it’s likely those sentiments might cause the GOP trouble in future elections. The American Business Immigration Coalition (ABIC) released the results of a recent poll, which revealed that the majority of all three political party voters, in a majority, support a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants currently in the United States.
According to the AIBC, who conducted the poll, wrote that:
‘An earned path to citizenship for 11 million people would boost the country’s GDP by $1.5 trillion over 10 years. As newly legalized immigrants enter the labor force, they will increase the “wage floor” for American workers, support 750,000 to 900,000 American jobs, open new businesses, and increase employment opportunities for all. A new poll by Fox News released on election day found that more than 70% of Americans — 91% Biden supporters and over half of Trump voters — support legal status for undocumented immigrants.’
— WatchTheVote (@WatchTheVote) December 10, 2012
It is hard to explain why politicians fail to support things that their voters overwhelmingly agree on – 60 percent supported legalized abortion, 63 percent support universal healthcare, and 57 percent support the Green New Deal – but the GOP is famous for doing so. It’s long past time that immigrants working and contributing to society stopped being forced to live in fear of seeing their families torn apart.
Rebecca Shi, Executive Director of ABIC, said that:
‘The hard work to legalize 11 million people begins today. It is economically important, morally right, and politically smart. Fixing our broken immigration system will help boost our economic recovery from the pandemic, and will keep families together. Both parties need to come to the table, no excuses. Poll after poll has shown that the majority of voters want to legalize the millions of people who live in a shadow economy. We need to bring them into the light to the benefit of their families, businesses and our economy. We are ready to get to work.’
Big poll results from @AmericanBIC
Poll shows battleground state support for Democrats ramming through immigration reform https://t.co/6Y51OTTaT4
— Brad Woodhouse (@woodhouseb) September 22, 2021
The move is a smart one considering the current state of the workforce in the United States. The boomer generation has reached retirement age, a factor that may have contributed significantly to the lack of available workers after COVID-19. There has never been a time when an infusion of new workers was needed.
John Rowe, Chairman Emeritus, Exelon Corporation and ABIC Co-Chair, said:
‘The pandemic has exposed our reliance on essential workers who don’t have legal status. It is time to celebrate and welcome them as American citizens. If your labor feeds, builds and cares for our nation, you have earned the right to stay here.’
FACT: 70% favor "an earned path to citizenship for the undocumented who were brought here as children, people who are contributing and working legally due to war or natural disaster in their home countries, and farmworkers and other essential workers." https://t.co/7kdRshwaHp
— Democratic Coalition (@TheDemCoalition) September 22, 2021