Appleseed Statement on Sen. Sasse’s anti-immigrant bill

***For Immediate Release***

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Contact, Jeff Sheldon
Communications Director, Nebraska Appleseed
Office: (402) 438-8853
Mobile: (402) 840-7289
jsheldon@neappleseed.org

Appleseed questions unnecessary bill targeting hard-working Nebraska families

Bill would hurt state and local economies

Tuesday, Nebraska Appleseed issued the following statement on S. 748 introduced by Nebraska’s U.S. Senator Ben Sasse.

 

“This bill would leave hard-working immigrant Nebraskans – who already pay state, local, and federal taxes – unable to fully contribute to their communities,” said Omaid Zabih, staff attorney at Nebraska Appleseed. “Jeopardizing the temporary administrative relief programs to keep families together is not in line with Nebraska values of strong families and communities. Now is not the time to inhibit economic growth in our local, state, and national economies. It is the time to move forward with updated immigration laws.

“The Congressional Budget Office has been very clear that creating a path to citizenship for those who want to be citizens would create an enormous economic benefit to the country and reduce our fiscal deficit,” Zabih said. “Congress should be focusing its efforts on updating our immigration system with laws that work for families and our economy, which is what Nebraskans really want and need.”
For more information on how immigrants contribute to the economy, read this report from the Bipartisan Policy Center, Immigration Reform: Implications for Growth, Budgets, and Housing.

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