Denham, Cárdenas to Host Bipartisan Immigration Reform Briefing

Jul 31, 2013 Issues: Immigration

WASHINGTON — On Thursday, August 1, U.S. Rep Jeff Denham (R-Turlock) and U.S. Rep. Tony Cárdenas (D-San Fernando Valley) will host a bipartisan briefing on the economic benefits of a comprehensive approach to immigration reform. The briefing will also include Frederick R. Treyz, Ph.D., Chief Economist and CEO of Regional Economic Models, Inc. (REMI) and Ken Barbic, representing the Western Growers Association.

REMI recently released a report (available here) that examines how immigration reform policies will expand the economic pie for individuals and businesses across the nation.

The briefing is believed to be the first such public, bipartisan discussion in favor of this comprehensive approach to immigration reform that has taken place in the U.S. House this year. Both Denham and Cárdenas have committed to working across party lines to make reform a reality.

“The economic benefits of immigration reform are a huge incentive to making real reform happen,” said Rep. Denham. “I’m looking forward to working with Rep. Cárdenas and colleagues on both sides of the aisle to help craft reform legislation that will secure our border, revitalize our agricultural worker program and strengthen our economy.”

“We have to stop making this a Republican issue or Democratic issue,” said Rep. Cárdenas. “We need to get around a table, have a serious discussion about the holistic problems in our immigration system and craft a common-sense solution. We can’t worry about it within the context of what letter is next to our name on the ballot. I would like to give my friend Jeff Denham a lot of credit for being willing to come together and help present the simple economic fact to the American people that Comprehensive Immigration Reform will create jobs and supercharge our economy.”

Denham, Cárdenas and Treyz will all be available for interview prior to and following the event.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

WHAT:                  Bipartisan briefing on economic impact of immigration reform

WHEN:                  Thursday, August 1 @ 1:30 p.m.

WHERE:                Cannon House Office Building Room 210