2016 GOP Candidates Visit Disney to Talk Economic Growth - While Leaving $1 Trillion on the Table Rejecting Immigration Reform
More than 100 Immigrant Families & Workers Call On the GOP to Build Economy That Benefits All
ORLANDO, FL – Today, most of the declared and likely GOP presidential candidates, including Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, and Scott Walker, are joining Florida Governor Rick Scott at Disney World to present their plans to re-grow our nation’s economy. While they mingle with the Republican political class, immigrant families and workers are rallying outside the event calling on the candidates to present an economic agenda that benefits everyone.
“If these Republicans want real economic growth, they must present a serious plan for fixing our nation’s broken immigration reform,” said Jose Luis Marantes, an immigrant rights organizer in Orlando. “Only by giving immigrants a pathway to citizenship are we able to fully contribute to our communities and country. We want to help build this country because it's our home too and we want a better life for our children.”
“I haven't heard one of these presidential candidates talk about fixing our economy in a way that helps many immigrant families. So far, they're only helping themselves and their rich friends--at our expense. Once they leave "Fantasyland," they'll have to have a real plan that speaks to the rest of America, and that includes providing citizenship for hardworking immigrants because it's good for our families, and also grows our economy too.”
It's a known fact that immigration reform benefits our nation’s economy. The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimated that passing comprehensive immigration reform would increase our nation’s real GDP by $1.4 trillion by 2033.