Immigration Reform and the Economy

Immigration and the Economy

With the United States being the richest country in the world, it’s important to
realize that people are an asset to our economy and not a liability.

As it relates to immigration, Grover Norquist said it best, “This is not a coincidence.
Those voices that would make us less immigrant-friendly would make us less
successful, less prosperous, and certainly less American.

The bill recently unveiled by the “Gang of Eight” senators regarding the 11 million
undocumented immigrants currently living in the United States, is an 844-page
immigration reform bill. As currently written the bill would allow for the 1ll
million to earn legal status by submitting to a background check to check for felony
convictions, paying back taxes, and paying applicable fines.

Under the bill, the undocumented immigrants would have to then become
Registered Provisional Immigrants (RPI). Registering would permit immigrants to
work anywhere in the United States, denied means-tested federal welfare benefits
for 10 years.

Lastly, only after the 10 years would an immigrant become eligible for the 3 to 5
year process of becoming citizens.

A comprehensive immigration reform with a path to citizenship would aim to uplift
the U.S. economy. By allowing immigrants to become citizens we would see a rise in
their income, and with the ability to hold a driver license, a legal citizen becomes a
potential candidate.

According to one source, “immigrants or their children have founded more than
40% of all Fortune 500 companies in the United States, employing more than
10 million people worldwide. And the Kauffman Foundation, which studies
entrepreneurship, found that in 2012 immigrants were twice as likely as native-
born Americans to start a new business.”

“Whether low-skilled or high-skilled, immigrants boost national output, enhance
specialization, and provide a net economic benefit.”

Contact the Shirazi Law Group at your convenience to find out how you can begin
preparing for a possible immigration reform. Whether a proposal is passed or not
it’s important to have your paperwork in order. As a top immigration law firm, we
are here to assist in any immigration matter.