At the outset it has to be made clear that Immigration Reform is not amnesty. It is a concept that involves the reforming of immigration enforcement as well as creating a path to residency for nearly 11 million people who do not have the benefit of adjusting status in the U.S. by virtue of how they entered the country.
The path to residency would entail strict requirements that must be met. The majority of these 11 million individuals entered the U.S. without documents, which means that they cannot adjust their status from that of undocumented to that of legal status in the U.S. On the other hand, individuals who entered the U.S. and overstayed their authorized stay can adjust their status in the U.S. if they are beneficiaries of an immediate relative visa petition.
The inability to adjust status for such a large number of people only hurts the U.S. economy. For starters, many of these individuals do not file income tax returns due to the misplaced fear that the IRS will report them to immigration. The job opportunities are limited for the majority of individuals due to the lack of work authorization. The inability of so many individuals to seek diverse job opportunities creates stagnation in the overall economic progress of the nation. This is due in large part to a decline in or lack of competition in the job market.
A strong economy requires competition in the work place to spur new ideas and innovation which stimulates the economy. Finally, the spending habits of undocumented individuals are generally overly conservative. They tend to spend on bare minimum consumer goods due to the prospect of an uncertain future of living permanently in the U.S. The majority of these individuals have a tendency not to make larger purchases or make investments in their future because of the uncertainty in their lives.
While the economic conditions would improve with the ultimate legalization of so many people, these individuals, as it stands now, are certainly not a drain on the economy as many pundits have inaccurately espoused. These are individuals seeking a better life and are eager to be part of the American community. They are also human beings, complete with the need for shelter, clothing, and food. This means that they are spending money in America on items necessary for these needs which in and of itself is a strong contribution to the economy.
Contrary to public misconceptions, these individuals are the least likely to receive government benefits. The inability of our politicians and the American electorate to support Immigration Reform is attributed to underlying bigotry and fear mongering which has no place in the American discussion. Anybody who is serious about improving our economy and making America more competitive should give Immigration Reform serious consideration.
About Revilla Law Firm, P.A.
Antonio Revilla is a Former U.S. Immigration Prosecutor and Miami Immigration Lawyer. Mr. Revilla founded his immigration law practice, Revilla Law Firm, when he saw a dire need for aggressive immigration representation and deportation defense in order to keep families united.
Mr. Revilla has over 18 years of litigation experience and has dedicated his career to educating the public on the importance of immigration reform in our country. He has appeared on television to discuss various immigration issues and the benefits of passing bills such as the DREAM Act.
If you wish to receive more information about any immigration issue, you can contact Revilla Law Firm at 305-858-2323 to speak with Antonio Revilla. He can also be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone (305) 858-2323.