A immigration reform advocate named Sam Dubios states: Immigration reform needs to happen immediately. For too long many have lived under fear of deportation, their families being separated and employers increasing hours while decreasing wages.
But, if a native born citizen of the US commits a crime does that person live in fear of being punished? Many American families are being separated because some of them had to move out of town because they lost their jobs. The companies they had worked for, decided to hire immigrants at lower rate of pay. And many not employed residents would love to work decreased or increased hours at any job but have no place to work them at.
A Dr. Raul Hinojosa Ojeda, Director of the North American Integration and Development says : "A comprehensive immigration reform that includes a legalization program for unauthorized immigrants and enables a future flow of legal workers would would result in a larger economic benefit- a cumulative $ 1.5 Trillion in added U.S. gross domestic product over 10 years." Therefore, to support immigration reform is to support economic improvement.
This country might need a future flow of legal workers because of the baby boomers are rapidly retiring out of the work force and supposedly will not be replaced by the present birth rate, but this remains to be seen. And, at that time, if necessary, the government could accelerate it's process of approving citizenship's. What we need now is a present flow of job opportunities. There is excessive pool of domestic workers to fill any new employment positions. Now when these millions of unemployed job seekers go back to work how much will that add to the GDP ?
This site is Titled: Immigration reform needs to happen immediately
It advises that there a three steps that President Obama can do unilaterally from the Executive Branch while policy is discussed in the Senate and the House of Representatives.
1. Moratorium on immigration raids at the workplace, nationwide.
2. Moratorium on deportation (many unauthorized immigrants will be able to become citizens when immigration reform is passed. Therefore, there is no need for deportation and separation of families.
3. Support the Dream Act - With the Dream Act, many college students that do not have adequate documentations, will be able to receive Pell Grants, MAP Grants and will be allowed to pay in state tuition, opposed to international rates.
It goes on to say: According to a report by the Immigration Policy Center, " Mass deportation would reduce US GDP 1.46 percent amounting to a cumulative $2.6 trillion loss in GDP over 10 years. " The Center for American Progress" has estimated that mass deportation cost $206 billion to $230 billion over 5 years.
Lastly,,It proclaims, The decision is clear immigration reform now.
To be FAIR to the American born citizens they could add to No. 1 "and a moratorium on enforcement of all traffic violations and misdemeanors. Referring to No. 2 besides what has already been stated , we need more jobs not more citizens. A introduction of millions of new legal residents in this country, would make the national unemployment rate shoot through the roof.
NOW...No.3 Welfare of the worst kind. Taking taxpayers money out and not putting one single penny in the pot. This type of subsidies angers American citizens probably more than any other issue.
1.46% of a $14 trillion US GDP would be about $205 Billion per year which would amount to a little effect on the economy. I guess these economic figures are some kind of scare tactics by Pro-immigration groups that the economy would collapses if the immigrants were not in the country anymore. I also don't know of any discussions in Washington about Mass deportation, Yet it could be executed because it is present Law.
Here's how this accelerated unnecessary new citizenship's could potentially play out. Because of many but not all x-immigrants now US legal residents, will be receiving lower wages they will be paying little if any taxes to the Federal and State governments and their eligibility of receiving aide from public agencies is greater. Like Food Stamp programs, if not receiving them already. More will be able to get Medicade, which has been expanded under the new so-called Health Care Reform bill. And the Child Tax Credit. Do you think this would lead to a rapid multiplication of this new group? There is a Strong possibility it would.
If people are getting more aide from government programs than they are paying in taxes it creates immediate deficit spending. Then legislators in DC have to borrow more money from various countries around the World which increases the National Debt that is at a critical level, hovering around $13 trillion. So the above statement of: "Therefore, to support immigration reform is to support economic improvement" has a slim chance of being true. It could cause a financial strain that could put the United States in fiscal disaster.
When the Health Care Reform bill was being debated there was a provision about the age requirement to get on Medicare would be lowered from 65 to 55 years old. Great Idea, many of them who had paid into system for over 3 decades would be able to receive medical coverage earlier. This is called a entitlement program, workers pay into it and they are entitled to receive benefits. The age change didn't make it in the final draft. Yet, taxpayers who pay taxes at lower rate , if they paid any, for a shorter period of time got rewarded with expansion of Medicade.
Social Security another entitlement government program makes a person eligible for benefits as early as age 62. Many would have paid into this program for over 4 decades. Now there has been talk to raise the earliest age to receive Social Security to 67 because the reasoning goes that people live longer and program is running out of money. Now if you started paying into the system at 16 years old that would be just over fifty years at the potential new age if it comes to be. The Fact is that the program is not running out of money because it is overdrawn But previous Federal legislators spent it on other unrelated wasteful spending programs.
WE DON'T NEED immigration reform. WE NEED Government spending reform. There should be a FREEZE on all new Federal spending programs except for money that directly creates jobs for taxpayers. Then the government could get a return on their investment with increased income tax revenues which will hopefully contribute to lowering the deficit spending and later create a surplus again to reduce this enormous National Debt. Without referring to the PayGo system which stands for Pay as you go. Congress can justify new spending by paying for it with taxes or fees or reducing spending in other programs without increasing. the debt. PayGo is irrelevant and useless at this point because expenditures already too huge now.
This is the big problem... The people that put into Federal fund get little and in the case of Social Security and Medicare are fearful that they will get anything after many many years of paying into it. The ones that put in little or nothing into the fund get much. When the White House and Congress consider passing a spending legislation they should consider how this will affect long term, hardworking, taxpayers of the Middle classes ...First... As economist's have said: How goes the Middle class so goes the economy. And finally, These new Federal charity programs are getting paid for from borrowed money which adds to the deficit and the National Debt and needs to stop. Where going to have to work our way out of this financial crisis....