Tougher Immigration Policy

Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act (CIRA) is a bill that seeks to provide amnesty to illegal immigrants. Senior Research Fellow in Domestic Policy Studies at The Heritage Foundation, Robert Rector said that if enacted, CIRA would be the most dramatic change in immigration law in 80 years. In its overall impact on the nation, the bill would rival other historic milestones, such as the creation of Social Security or Medicare.

The bill would give amnesty to 10 million illegal immigrants and quintuple the rate of legal immigration into the U. S. Under the bill, the annual inflow of immigrants with the option of becoming legal permanent residents would rise from the current level of one million per year to more than five million per year. Within a few years, the annual inflow of new immigrants would exceed one percent of the current U. S. population. This would be the highest immigration rate in U. S. history. Within 20 years, some 103 million new immigrants would enter the U. S. This number is about one-third of the current U. S. population.

All of these immigrants would be permanent residents with the right to become citizens and vote in U. S. elections. CIRA would transform the United States socially, economically, and politically. Within two decades, the character of the nation would differ dramatically from what exists today. In the article, Economic costs of legal and illegal immigration, it mentioned that twenty years’ growth in the supply of immigrant workers cost native-born American men an average $1,700 in annual wages by the year 2000, a top economist has concluded.

Hispanic and black Americans were hurt most by the influx of foreign-born workers, says a report by Harvard University's George Borjas, considered a leading authority on the impact of immigration…. "What past immigration has done — and what the temporary worker program will continue to do on a potentially larger scale — is to depress wages and increase profits of the firms that employ the immigrants," Furthermore, the article further mentioned Borjas saying  that "the reduction in earnings occurs regardless of whether the immigrants are legal or illegal, permanent or temporary.

It is the presence of additional workers that reduces wages, not their legal status. " The issue of illegal immigration has been a longstanding social concern that has caught the attention of lawmakers, politicians, businessmen and different individuals from major walks of life. A careful and conscientious effort to resolve such an issue is necessary to lessen the impact it has caused in our society.

Works Cited

  • Bush: U. S a lawful society and a welcoming society (2006) Retrieved 8 November 2007 http://www.cnn. com/2006/POLITICS/05/15/bush. immigration. text/index. html
  • Bush Seeks Tougher Immigration Policy, Temporary Worker Program. Retrieved 8 November 2007 http://usinfo. state. gov/gi/Archive/2005/Nov/29-940226. html Camarota, Steven A (2004). The High Cost of Cheap Labor – Illegal Immigration and the Federal Budget, Center for Immigration Studies, Economic costs of legal and illegal immigration, Colorado Alliance for Immigration Reform.
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