The Impact of a Path to Citizenship on the US Economy and Social Insurance System
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Comprehensive immigration reform has long eluded Congress. Although the Senate recently passed a billâ€”S. 744, or the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Actâ€”that would take significant steps toward comprehensive reform, it is currently being held up in the Republican-controlled House. The sticking point? The "path to citizenship" provision for undocumented immigrants included in the Senate bill. Yet legalizing a significant proportion of the undocumented immigrant population would not impose serious costs on either the economy in general or the social insurance system in particular. On the contrary: maintaining the status quo would be economically wasteful.
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