Immigration Reform

Immigration Reform
Elizabeth Garza
October 15, 2011

                                              Immigration Reform
The question of whether or not to allow illegal immigrants to remain in this country and eventually become citizens of the United States is a hotly debated issue. Illegal immigrants should have the right to amnesty. It does not make sense to spend billions of dollars rounding people up, breaking up families, shutting down businesses, and deporting people who are working, learning English, and putting down roots here.   For immigrants who do not have a legal status, we should require them to come out of the shadows and register, pay taxes, and start working towards becoming Americans, while keeping their families together.  
Amnesty for immigrants is a good thing.   Immigrants, even undocumented ones, are an economic asset.   Immigration reform that legalizes currently unauthorized immigrants will create flexible legal limits on future immigration in the form of full labor rights.   This would help American workers and the U.S. economy. “Immigration reform would raise the “wage floor” for the entire U.S. economy, to benefit both immigrant and native born workers” (Hinojosa-Ojeda, 2010).  
University of California at Los Angeles study says granting amnesty to illegal immigrants would boost economy. “Dr. Raul Hinojosa-Ojeda concluded that based on the data from the 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act the nation’s gross domestic product would increase by 1.5 trillion dollars over the next ten years, if illegal aliens were to be granted amnesty” ("UCLA study,”2011).   The professor bases his findings on the information he had gathered from the Department of Labor and other government agencies on the behavior of the nation’s economy after the 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act was passed.
Reforming immigration will help protect all workers from exploitation and unfair competition.   Currently there are millions of workers, one...