September 14, 2021

Rep. Correa Statement on Budget Reconciliation Committee Markup

Washington, D.C. — Today, Congressman Lou Correa (D-CA), a member of the House Committee on the Judiciary, released a statement following the committee markup of the budget reconciliation, urging his colleagues to include human infrastructure investment legislation that will provide a pathway to permanent residency for Dreamers, Temporary Protected Status holders (TPS), and essential workers.                                                                                                                  

Rep. Lou Correa said, “I am proud to have grown up in central Orange County and now representing my hometown in Congress. Orange County is the new Ellis Island of the United States. Growing up, I’ve seen refugees come from all corners of the world, seeking the American Dream for their families, and with their hard work and intellect, keep America as the strongest nation in the world.  Today, the “OC” is one of the most prosperous counties in California, and California is the fifth largest economy globally. Clearly, America, California, and the “OC” have been built by wave upon wave of immigrants. It is whom we are. Our national and local economy will be strengthened through legislative changes that represent an investment in our people.

In Congress, we have the opportunity now to include human infrastructure investment that will strengthen our economy and provide a pathway to citizenship for Dreamers, TPS recipients, and essential workers and increase the competitiveness of the United States. Research continues to demonstrate by providing a pathway to residency, underdress of thousands of new jobs will be created over the next decade, and allow for immigrant entrepreneurs in the United States who own small and medium businesses to further enrich our economy.

This investment is vital to Americans and secures many economic benefits for the middle class. Americans would begin to see a $600 increase in wages per year and local tax revenues would increase by $2.18 billion per year. This legislation strengthens our country’s economic recovery and builds an economy for the future.”


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