The state of California would benefit from immigration reform if a pathway to citizenship were provided for the 2.6 million undocumented immigrants already living in the state, according to a White House report titled “The Economic Benefits of Fixing Our Broken Immigration System.” If citizenship was awarded to those already living in the state, then California’s economy would be strengthened, as the state could create more jobs, increase workers’ income and the state’s housing economy would get a boost.
The report found that the state’s economic production would increase by $7.3 billion and as many as 77,000 new jobs could be created in 2014 if immigration reform similar to the Senate’s bill passed. Families in California would also see a total personal income of $29.1 billion in 2020.
The Senate’s immigration reform bill would reduce the nation’s federal budget deficit by nearly $850 billion in the next two decades, according to the report. If comprehensive immigration reform were passed, California immigrants would have paid as much as $327 million in state and local taxes in 2010.
“Comprehensive immigration reform … is probably more important to California’s economy than that of any other state,” said Allan Zaremberg, president of the California Chamber of Commerce. “Technology, agriculture and tourism, among others, must have comprehensive immigration reform to survive.”