For your skimming pleasure, here’s your Monday Midday Immigration Fix…
Arguing for immigration reform, Colbert’s testimony continues to throw Congress and many members of the media for a loop (coverage by AP, CNN, NYT, The Hill, WaPo, Vivir Latino, and more). We covered the testimony here.
Via Huffington Post’s Amanda Terkel, Florida’s Independent Senate candidate Charlie Crist says immigration reform is key to keeping social security solvent: “Studies show that 11-14 million people are in the country as non-citizens, and if we are willing to have a thoughtful, reasonable pathway to citizenship — earning citizenship — then those 11-14 million people can become productive, participating members of the American economy, paying the payroll taxes, helping Social Security going forward, and making America stronger financially…”
Ezra Klein, writing for the Washington Post, reminds us that even with immigration and immigration reform’s “mega” economic benefits — to “raise wages, lower prices, increase the nation’s stock of scientists and engineers, and maybe even create the next Google,” without costing the government a dime and actually saving us a lot of money — few politicians are willing to go there. Ezra argues that we need: “More immigration. A pathway to legal status for undocumented immigrants. And a recognition that immigration policy is economic policy and needs to be thought of as such.”