One study suggests that a better immigration policy would be a boost for the economy while at the same time allowing for immigrants to legally enter, work and remain in the United States. Constraints on green cards and work-related visas from 2003 to 2007 may have prevented as many as 182,000 graduates in the technology and science fields from staying in our country. This could have resulted in billions of dollars being added to GDP. Allowing more to stay would also have generated billions more in tax revenues.
Like many other states, California has implemented measures to help out immigrants. For example, California is one of 13 states that now allows for undocumented immigrants to have access to driver's licenses.
Following up on legislative victories that California immigrants have achieved in 2013, advocates have now set their sights upon expanding health care rights. Undocumented immigrants are not considered eligible for coverage under the Affordable Care Act. This means that close to 1.2 million undocumented immigrants will continue to remain uninsured even after the ACA is fully implemented - barring some other legislative action.
The Trust Act that was approved by California legislators went into effect at the beginning of 2014. This law would place limitations on deportations to prevent individuals cited for minor infractions then being turned over to Federal immigration authorities. Instead deportations would be limited to those charged with violent crimes or deemed as dangerous undocumented immigrants.
Many people who apply for visas to come to the United States face an excruciatingly long wait time. That's because under U.S. immigration law, only a certain number of immigrants are allowed into the country each year and there is a huge backlog of applicants waiting for approval.