Will Immigration Reform Work for the U.S. Economy?

June 27, 2013

This is a crosspost from The Huffington Post by Annette Bernhardt and Haeyoung Yoon.

The debate over comprehensive immigration reform has the potential to be one of the defining moral moments of our time. In the ongoing struggle over what kind of country we want to be, immigration reform gives us the chance to show our humanity, commit to values of inclusion and justice and honor the dreams and aspirations that immigrants bring to our shores.

But immigration policy is also economic policy, and here the case for reform is just as strong. If we care about future growth in America, our goal must be to provide a path to citizenship for the 11 million undocumented immigrants currently in the United States, as well as for future immigrants. If we get it right, a new report from the Congressional Budget Office shows that everyone who lives and works in America will see significant economic gains; even conservative economists are weighing in to support reform.

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