U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand said Friday that immigration reform is something everyone needs to think about, because it will bring economic growth to Western New York.
The U.S. Senate passed a massive reform bill last June, but that measure has yet to even be brought up for discussion in the House of Representatives.
The bill passed by the Senate called for tighter border security, a revamped visa program and a process to allow illegal immigrants to seek citizenship.
Gillibrand said if the bill were to pass, more people would be working and spending money at stores, helping to build the nation's economy. Gillibrand believes if passed, the bill would make a big difference for the country that has always focused on diversity.
"The diversity of our community has always been one of our strengths and with that diversity, we can create economic growth and with that diversity, it would make a lot of difference for small towns, for big towns, for small businesses to have more members of our community paying our taxes, paying Social Security, paying Medicare and Medicaid for those who aren't already doing so. That's an investment in our community and a long term health of our economy," said Sen. Gillibrand, D-New York.
Due to the upcoming July 4 recess, it is unclear when the House could begin discussing the bill, but Gillibrand hopes people use the holiday to remember that America is only strong because of our diversity.