More people are becoming aware of the U.S.’s attempts at immigration reform, and now even countries from around the world are getting a glimpse at the terms and agreements of the proposed bill. Advocates of better, more comprehensive immigration laws are putting the pressure on President Barack Obama, who has stated he will extend amnesty to undocumented immigrants if Congress is unable to quickly and decisively arrive at an agreement. President Obama’s involvement in the issue has caused Indian lawmakers to review what exactly can be done.
Critical analyses from India
According to a report released by the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Affairs, the Indian government believes that the reform passed by the U.S. Senate in 2013 might have a direct affect on U.S.-India relations. While some aspects of the new legislation might protect certain interests of lawmakers and a few current policies, it will also create opportunities for people who are seeking out non-immigrant/work visas. Policies in the proposed reform bill alter the visa cap by a large percentage and change the way work visas are distributed.
Advocates for immigrants with work visas
While some people believe that allowing more immigrants into the U.S. will negatively affect American citizens looking for work, Indian immigrants who come to the U.S. looking for jobs in information technology could possibly boost the American economy. Matthew Slaughter, an economist at Dartmouth College, thinks that allowing highly skilled workers from India to come to America might be the key to greater economic growth.
“High-skill immigration not only helps our economy in the aggregate, it also benefits U.S. workers,” Slaughter argued in his report for Compete America, a coalition of universities and companies in the private sector. “Hiring talented immigrants spurs hiring additional U.S. workers elsewhere in the U.S. economy.”