Answering the Critics of Comprehensive Immigration Reform

by Stuart Anderson

Comprehensive immigration reform is defined by supporters as legislation that would reduce illegal immigration in the future and address the legal status of a large percentage of those now in the country illegally. The best approach for advocates of such reform is to take seriously the arguments of critics, explain why these arguments are incorrect and, if necessary, adapt legislation to address the concerns raised.

Argument #1: “Immigration reform will harm taxpayers.” Response: Legalizing both the flow of workers and the workers already here will help taxpayers by raising the newly legalized workers’ productivity, their earnings, and the likelihood that they will pay taxes in the formal economy.

Argument #2: “Newly legalized immigrants will burden the welfare rolls.” Response: Immigrants are not heavy users of welfare, and additional limits can be placed on legalized workers. Newly arriving immigrants to the United States are generally not eligible for federal meanstested benefits programs. read full analysis at CATO.org or here >>

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