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Better immigration policy would be good for economy

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.

The goal is of course to put in place a policy that would foster economic growth while allowing those that wish to work here to be able to enter the country legally. Economists have already demonstrated that immigration can actually increase the wages of native-born American citizens.

Though the United States has the highest immigration population of any country in the world, our current immigration policy can lead to family members being separated from each other. The two major political parties have not been able to come together to remedy this problem. In part, the process has been delayed over border security issues. While this issue is important, it should not preclude discussion concerning other issues involving undocumented immigrants.

Attorneys can prove helpful to both immigrants and employers residing in California. Employment based immigration can involve a variety of complicated categories and compliance with a variety of laws. Attorneys can provide consultation and advice to make certain that employers can be provided the workers with the necessary skills to fill position openings while being in compliance with immigration laws.

Source: Huffington Post, “Towards a Rational Immigration Law to Boost US Economy,” Mariver R. Montebon, Jan. 21, 2014

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