Immigration Law Changes Backed by New Study

When working as an immigration attorney, it’s important to keep current on not just shifting trends but the reasons for them. As an example, if proposed changes in the immigration law are based more on sentiment than fact, this may say something about the forces behind those changes and even their ability to make change.

There’s been a lot of talk and activity in the U.S. Congress this past year and also early in 2010 around immigration reform. Although Democrats have led it, a coalition has developed with Republicans and that means that changes may occur in immigration law, affecting immigration lawyers and their clients.

There is a new study out that concludes if immigration reform is adopted and if, instead of deporting those who are undocumented, we allow them to stay and become citizens that in a decade the U.S. will add $1.5 trillion to the gross national product. The study, which was conducted by Professor Raul Hinojosa-Ojeda at the University of California, Los Angeles, also said that a comprehensive deportation of undocumented immigrants would lead to a lessening of the gross national product by $2.6 trillion.  There would also, the study noted, be economic benefits for a temporary worker program.

Many lawmakers believe that making it possible for undocumented immigrants to stay in this country legally is a way to improve and invigorate the economy. It’s estimated that there are approximately 12 million undocumented individuals in the U.S. If they become a documented part of the economic system, wager earners who pay taxes, they could have a positive economic impact. As documented immigrants, these individuals will have more opportunity to pursue education and training, which will benefit their family, community and the country.

Within the next few years my practice as an immigration attorney could change due to immigration reform.   There has been a major push in the U.S. Congress towards immigration reform and that reform will most likely result in many undocumented immigrants being given the chance to change their status. That could also lead to an influx of family members joining those already in this country.

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