Illegal Immigration is one of the most debated topics around the country. While Congress is on vacation the process of passing an immigration reform bill appears to have come to a halt but the 113th Congress cannot continue indefinitely to avoid the subject given that the Senate passed its own version of the bill prior to the recess.
Supporters of immigration reform believe legalizing undocumented people in the US will benefit the country. Detractors believe it will hurt the country particularly the economy. Both are correct; legalizing undocumented immigrants will be both a benefit and slight disadvantage to the country, as is the case with anything that involves substantial change. Here are a few ways immigration reform will and will not affect the nation.
Undocumented workers would now be held more accountable for basic law violations. Examples include not registering vehicles and not obtaining car insurance. Once everyone is documented and receives an ID number there will be more detailed and comprehensive records kept on who is and who is not in the country.
2. Employers and the Economy
Immigration reform would have a positive affect on the economy and employers — even according to a new report by the conservative-leaning American Action Network. Paying for taxes and other local and federal services would be enforced more easily. The number of employers paying workers under the table will be reduced. On the flip side, employers would be forced to pay undocumented workers at the minimum wage levels at least. This will put them back on fair hiring levels as citizens who were in some cases are bypassed for jobs because of the minimum payment requirement. Now, employers will be forced to treat and consider everyone the same.
Legalizing undocumented workers will not have any more effect on education. The fact is, illegal immigration has already impacted education and it has not been beneficial for most involved. Many public schools are overcrowded and operating with limited resources. At least now undocumented workers will not feel limited to live in those areas or neighborhoods considered to be more accommodating to those who are undocumented. Additionally, once more contributions are made to the tax base that supports public education, more tax dollars will be allocated to schools.
4. The Housing Industry
Illegal immigrants will be able to purchase homes legally. This will ultimately benefit homeowners, financial institutions and the housing industry.
5. New Legal Immigrants
A negative is the fact that legalizing the undocumented workers affect those who pursued legal immigration. It would appear as if those who did follow the rules are being rewarded while the others are having to wait longer for their family member’s legal applications to be approved. With the guidance of eb-5 consultants the affects of the changes to current applicants can be easier to understand for those concerned.
6. Border Control and Security
The promise is there will be more strict rules for deporting those caught sneaking into the country. The borders to Mexico have been promised to be sealed and secured more vigorously — with a hefty price tag — and, in fact, are covered for in the legislation passed by the Senate that currently awaits House action.
Reforming immigration will require more compliance on the part of everyone. But the temporary affects and possible inconveniences should lead to more order in communities around the country.
Brionna Kennedy is native to the Pacific Northwest, growing up in Washington, then moving down to Oregon for college. She enjoys writing on any subject as she loves to learn about new topics. When she isn’t writing, she lives for the outdoors. Oregon has been the perfect setting to indulge her love of kayaking, rock climbing, and hiking.