Washington, DC – The National Hispanic Council on Aging (NHCOA) – the leading national organization working to improve the lives of Hispanic older adults, their families, and caregivers– commends Verizon for supporting comprehensive immigration reform.
In a letter of support sent to the Gang of Eight U.S. Senators working on comprehensive immigration reform, Verizon states the importance of comprehensive immigration reform as a critical step in re-igniting economic growth in America. The letter also states, “The current immigration system is a clear drag on our economy. The costs in underdeveloped human capital, lost productivity, and wasted resources undoubtedly run into the billions.”
“We applaud Verizon for its leadership in demonstrating its support of Comprehensive Immigration reform and urging Congress to take action on this critical issue” said Dr. Yanira Cruz, NHCOA President and CEO. The policy will make the U.S. stronger as a nation and a better place for everyone, including older adults.
Verizon’s letter also stresses the contributions that immigrants have made to the country in different areas including technology, which allows companies like Verizon to innovate, grow, and improve their services.
NHCOA values diversity and is encouraged by Verizon’s recognition of immigrants’ contributions. In fact, immigrants contribute to the workforce and through tax contributions, improving the solvency of the Social Security system. For instance, according to the National Foundation for American Policy, immigrants will add a net of $611 billion. Moreover, with the high growth of the aging population, the country could greatly benefit from the diverse knowledge and expertise immigrants bring to the table.
NHCOA appreciates that Verizon recognizes the importance of passing comprehensive immigration reform, a policy that would be beneficial to the entire country.