Published on Mon, Sep 30, 2013
The AIC's Executive Director, Ben Johnson, had an op-ed titled "The High Cost of Inaction" published in Virginia's Roanoke Times. In it, he draws attention to the recent IPC Fact Sheet, "The Cost of Doing Nothing: Dollars, Lives, and Opportunities Lost in the Wait for Immigration Reform, " released last week.
"Yet, three months after the Senate passed immigration reform legislation (S. 744), the House of Representatives continues to dawdle. Other than giving speeches and mulling over a few backward-looking, enforcement-only bills, the House has done nothing to revamp the broken U.S. immigration system or put forward any vision of what to do with the 11 million unauthorized immigrants now living in the United States — 210,000 of whom call Virginia home. The standard excuse for this inaction is that there are too many other high-priority items on the legislative agenda right now — so immigration reform will have to wait.
"But while Congress waits, dollars and lives are being lost."
Published in the Roanoke Times