Politics

Obama plans road trip to push immigration

Neil Munro
White House Correspondent

Some analysts say the Senate’s pending bill would boost immigration to 46 million people over the next 10 years, and bring in more than one million low-skill and university-trained guest workers every year on multi-year visas.

The GOP’s populist wing, however, opposes the Senate’s bill, saying it hurts U.S. workers, social cohesion and the Republican Party.

They’re pushing for curbs on immigration that they argue would boost wages for GOP-leaning voters who didn’t turn out in 2008 or 2012. They also say that bringing in less immigration that pull more Latinos into the middle class, where they’re less dependent on government and more concerned about taxes and education.

This group says it position is bolstered by the June 16 report by the Congressional Budget Office, which said the Senate plan would curb average wages and shift national income from wage-earners to investors for at least 20 years. The CBO also said the Senate plan would curb illegal immigration by between one-third and one-half of the current rate.

The House’s GOP caucus is expected to hold a meeting July 10 to debate immigration strategy.

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