United States and Immigration

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Issue: The United States’ future is at a risk to miss an opportunity to increase the labor force due to political stalemate. Currently in the United States over 11 million undocumented immigrants are living in hiding. Most of them want to legally work. The reality is the current law is inefficient and weak to deter migrants who know the U.S. has a demand for skilled and unskilled labor. Likewise, the lack of U.S.-Mexico border security and relaxed law enforcement for overstayed visa traveler has rewarded bad behavior by luring illegal entry. This memorandum describes motives to adopt a major immigration policy change that promotes security, freedom, prosperity and conduit to citizenship for immigrants already in the U.S., and in the long run provide positive microeconomic impact. Background: In 2006 the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act was established to prevent illegal border crossing, improve law enforcement and provides legal immigrant status for the 11-million immigrants who already live in the U.S. Unfortunately, this and the Senate’s bipartisan Immigration Reform Bill passed in 2013 were not amended into law. The paralysis to adopt this policy change may be due to uncertain future cost and political polarization. Further, one could argue another reason is because the United States democratic system works hard to provide the best practical problem solving policy that benefits the greater good. But despite the U.S. democratic system analysis, it is long overdue to reform the law and now it’s time to change it. The Pew Research Center (Pew) estimated that between years 2000 to 2010 the number of undocumented immigrants increased from 8.4 to 11.2 million. That’s a 75% illegal entry increase in just one decade. Further,... ... middle of paper ... ...HAIRMAN COMMITTEES ON THE JUDICIARY, HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVE. (GAO PUBLICATION NO. GAO-04-82). RETRIEVED FROM U.S. GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE: HTTP://WWW.GAO.GOV/PRODUCTS/GAO-04-82 12. U.S. GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE. (2006). ESTIMATING THE UNDOCUMENTED POPULATION: A “GROUND ANSWERS” APPROACH TO SURVEYING FOREIGN-BORN RESPONDENTS: REPORT TO SUBCOMMITTEES ON TERRORISM, TECHNOLOGY AND HOMELAND SECURITY, COMMITTEE ON THE JUDICIARY U.S. SENATE. (GAO PUBLICATION NO. GAO-06.775). RETRIEVED FROM U.S. GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE: HTTP://WWW.GAO.GOV/PRODUCTS/GAO-06-775 13. U.S. CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE. (2006). COST ESTIMATE: S. 2611COMPREHENSIVE IMMIGRATION REFORM ACT OF 2006: REPORT TO THE CHAIRMAN COMMITTEES FINANCE. (CBO COST ESTIMATE MAY 16, 2006). RETRIEVED FROM U.S. CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE PUBLICATION WEBSITE: HTTP://WWW.CBO.GOV/PUBLICATION/17779

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