More Legal – Less Illegal – Immigration

Friday, July 12, 2013

If Congress ends up enacting a version of immigration reform similar to what the U.S. Senate passed, then legal immigration will rise while illegal immigration falls. The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office believes the enhanced border security measures could cut illegal immigration by one-third to one-half.

Meanwhile, more visas would be available to allow workers to legally enter the country. Under present law about 1 million people obtain green cards granting permanent residence each year. With changes made by the Senate bill that figure could rise to 1.7 million or more.

The MCC has taken a look at some of the research that merits consideration as Congress considers immigration reform. Click MCC Commentary to read this analysis.

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