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Monday, Jul 28, 2014
Letter of the Day

Four reasons to reform immigration laws

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On Oct. 5 it will be 100 days since the U.S. Senate passed its comprehensive immigration reform bill. The House has stalled progress, and hope for a good immigration bill is waning.

Immigration reform would be an economic boon for the country:

1. Since 2006, one in four new tech and/or engineering startup companies have been founded by immigrants.

2. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg stated, “Since 1990, cities with the largest immigrant communities have had the fastest economic growth.”

3. Immigration reform would save $197 billion over the next 10 years, according to the Congressional Budget Office.

4. Most of all, U.S. House of Representatives, listen to your constituents: 74 percent of Americans want comprehensive reform, according to a Fox News poll in June.

Karen Lieberman

St. Petersburg

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