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Statement from U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker on President Obama's Executive Actions on Immigration

Friday, November 21, 2014
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U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny  Pritzker today issued a statement on President Obama’s executive actions on immigration. 

"Immigration reform is both a moral responsibility and an economic opportunity for our nation. In my tenure as Secretary, I have met with 1,300 CEOs and business leaders around the country, and every one of them supports immigration reform. The fact is our current immigration system is broken, and according to the Congressional Budget Office, if the Senate bill became law, it would add $1.4 trillion to our economy. President Obama has laid out an accountable plan to address this broken system through an executive action, as we have been waiting far too long for Congress to act even though most Americans want reform. Ultimately, this executive action is a significant step in the right direction, but Congress should pass a permanent comprehensive reform package."