U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker expressed her support for comprehensive immigration reform for the second time this week.
Pritzker, whose great-grandfather immigrated from Russia at age 10, told the Los Angeles Times that immigration reform is a “moral as well as an economic issue,” and one that holds “economic opportunity” for the U.S.
“Put simply, this must be at the top of our to-do list,” Pritzker said Thursday at an event for the Los Angeles World Affairs Council. The council was attended by consuls from Mexico, the United Arab Emirates and France, in addition to local city leader Jan Perry.
She said that immigration reform under a Senate-passed bill would bring $1.4 trillion to the U.S. economy over the next 20 years. She said that in California, the passage of reform could create 77,000 new jobs and bring $7 billion to the state’s economy “in the near term.” Read more…