Comprehensive Immigration Process
It is no secret that America’s immigration system is broken. The barriers to legally immigrate to the United States are numerous and make immigration virtually impossible, especially for low-skilled workers with no family in the United States. Within our borders, the situation is even worse as there are over 12 million new American immigrants in United States that live in the shadows. The overwhelming majority of these aspiring citizens simply want to be productive members of society and contribute to the American economy. Yet many, even those that have been here for decades or more and have clean criminal records, live under the constant threat of deportation.
New American immigrants pay federal, state, property, and a wide variety of other taxes. Creating an immigration process for these aspiring citizens would yield serious economic dividends. A study by UCLA’s Dr. Raul Hinojosa-Ojeda entitled “Raising the Floor for American Workers: The Economic Benefits of Comprehensive Immigration Reform,” estimates that legalizing aspiring citizens would yield $1.5 trillion to the U.S. GDP over the course of ten years, yield billions in additional tax revenue, increase consumer spending, and create hundreds of thousands of new jobs.
The creation of an immigration process should include a Roadmap to Citizenship which would allow new American immigrants who have a commitment to our country, contribute to our culture, and step out of the shadows to eventually apply for citizenship. All people have rights, and everyone deserves an opportunity to integrate and become a part of the country in which they call home.