Immigration reform could relieve the national deficit

According to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), which is a nonpartisan organization, the plan presented by House Democrats for immigration reform can potentially reduce the U.S. budget deficit by $900 billion by 2034. The CBO estimates that the country could save nearly $200 billion in the first decade and about $700 billion in the second. However, that estimate was reached by assuming the population of the U.S. would increase by roughly 10 million people in 10 years by adding at least 8 million undocumented immigrants who would become legal citizens.

House Democratic leaders are emphasizing how comprehensive immigration reform that provides a path to citizenship for law-abiding undocumented immigrants can benefit the country. Democrats have been very vocal in the recent past about their frustration with the pause in any progress toward immigration reform due to Republicans blocking the votes on its passage. Supporters of this legislation have declared that reform can help to raise wages that will empower small businesses and encourage innovation and job creation. Borders could be secured, families could remain intact, and the number of people who are deported could be diminished.

Under the revised immigration bill, some deportees could be reunited with their families. The age cap on Deferred Action status would be removed so immigrant minors could work on a path to citizenship. Most undocumented immigrants who don’t have criminal records would be able to work legally in the United States within six months and eventually earn legal citizenship status. A new start-up visa for foreign entrepreneurs would also become available and more H1-B visas for skilled workers will be provided. The new bill pinpoints “high-risk” areas where the border is vulnerable, like stretches of the Arizona desert, and sets of a target of stopping 90 percent of illegal crossings.