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The White House Council of Economic Advisors (CEA) is promoting the economic benefits and costs of providing green cards to millions of unauthorized immigrants in a blog post being released on Friday, according to a draft provided to Axios.

Why it matters: The post comes as the fate of millions of immigrants, including those with Temporary Protected Status or DACA protections, rests with Congress — and the Senate parliamentarian.

  • Any day, the Senate parliamentarian will decide on whether pathways to citizenship for certain undocumented populations can be included in Democrats' reconciliation bill — which would mean it only needs 50 Senate votes to pass.
  • The decision hinges on whether the changes to immigration laws sufficiently impact federal costs and revenues. CEA Chair Cecilia Rouse and advisers Lisa Barrow, Kevin Rinz and Evan Soltas argue they would.

What they're saying: The advisers acknowledge that legalizing undocumented immigrants would raise the cost of social benefit programs, as some immigrants may feel comfortable using benefits they are already eligible for and other would become eligible for benefits. The cost "could be significant."

  • But much of that cost could be paid by the increased taxes immigrants would pay — and then the "positive fiscal contributions" of the next generation, they argue.
  • Legalizing immigrants would also "likely raise tax revenues, increase productivity, and have additional benefits for the children of these immigrants, generating substantial economic value for the country," they write.
  • The post includes data and studies that suggest providing undocumented immigrants with legal permanent residence would allow them to apply for jobs that better suit their skill sets, raise their wages and lead to improved their language skills, education and health.

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San Jose to apologize for racial injustice against Chinese immigrants

Mayor Sam Liccardo during a May news conference in San Jose, California. Photo: Santiago Mejia/San Francisco Chronicle via Getty Images

San Jose officials will formally apologize in a Wednesday ceremony for racial discrimination and injustices that early Chinese immigrants suffered in the Californian city — including the destruction of Chinatown in an 1887 arson attack.

Why it matters: A rise in anti-Asian hate during the pandemic has focused attention on the U.S. legacy of racism against Asian Americans, per Axios' Shawna Chen. San Jose is the latest and largest city in the U.S. to formally apologize to Chinese immigrants and their descendants.

Mike Allen, author of AM
49 mins ago - Politics & Policy

Fauci fires back at Rand Paul for slam on tonight's "Axios on HBO"

Responding to charges by Sen. Rand Paul on Sunday's "Axios on HBO," NIAID director Anthony Fauci told "ABC This Week" that it's "molecularly impossible" for U.S.-funded bat virus research in China to have produced COVID-19.

Why it matters: The issue 0f Wuhan research was reignited on the right last week with a National Institutes of Health letter to Congress disclosing more about the research.

Manchin, Schumer huddle with Biden in Delaware to discuss spending bill

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (L) and Sen. Joe Manchin (R) at the U.S. Capitol on Nov. 13, 2014. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) will meet with President Biden and Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Sunday morning in Delaware as Democrats look to reach an agreement on the massive spending measure.

Driving the news: Democrats are still negotiating what to keep in the bill and how to pay for it, with Biden saying on Thursday that the party does not have the votes to raise the corporate tax rate.

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