August 1, 2013

California could reap gains from immigration reform

The University of Southern California has release an analysis of immigration reform that suggests that authorization and citizenship for undocumented immigrants could lead to improvements in the state’s economy. The analysis reviewed two studies: a report by the Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration (CSII) that estimated that immigration reform would pump about $4.6 billion into California’s economy, and a report by the Center for American Progress that estimated about 8 billion would be added to the California economy through immigration reform.

While small compared to the total size of the California economy, there is thought to be a multiplier effect as these many of new citizens will be of lower income and will be more likely to spend their paychecks than to save them. According to the report, social issues should also be considered: “children of undocumented parents face greater barriers to accessing social services and programs and tend to have more negative social, economic and health outcomes.” About 1.5 million children in California live with at least one undocumented parent, which is an amazing 16% of children in the state.

In order to possibly curb the negative social, economic, and health outcomes these children tend to face, the report emphasized that the state should begin by legally incorporating their parents and reforming immigration law in a way that that grants them greater economic opportunities. The Study concluded that immigration reform could economically benefit both the undocumented immigrants and the state’s they call home. The full report can be read at this link: http://csii.usc.edu/documents/whats_at_stake_for_the_state.pdf.

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