As a country that was actually built on immigration, the United States is facing a crucial moment in its history as it attempts to try and fix a broken immigration system via a comprehensive reform bill. There are believed to be over 11 million undocumented immigrants who live and work in the country, with many employers also hiring documented workers.
This overhaul would allow people to come out of the shadows while, at the same time, provide a boost to the US economy, according to a new report from the White House, “The Economic Benefits of Fixing Our Broken Immigration System.” Broken down state by state, the report talks about the economic benefits that these states would experience should immigration reform be successfully passed by Congress.
The White House says that commonsense immigration reform would strengthen the economy of the nation by creating more jobs. There would be an increase in economic growth as more and more immigrant workers who are in high demand will be able to join the labor force, as well as allowing more entrepreneurs to be able to start businesses.
“It is time to act to fix the broken immigration system in a way that requires responsibility from everyone – both from unauthorized workers and from those who hire them – and guarantees that everyone is playing by the same rules,” the report states. “To this end, the President urges the House of Representatives to take action and stands willing to work with all parties to make sure that common-sense immigration reform becomes a reality as soon as possible.”