As Miami residents enjoy summer, the immigration debate at our nation’s capital drags on. With so much at stake for so many, there is great interest throughout the country concerning how the matter will be resolved. While undocumented individuals are of course very interested in the outcome of the legislation, so too are many states throughout the nation. This is because of the economic benefits they stand to take advantage of should the overhaul be successful.
Some states appear to be better positioned to take advantage of the possible changes than others. A recent report that was released by forecasting firm, Regional Economic Models Inc., indicates that the nation’s bigger states would likely greatly prosper. Florida is one of the states included in that group.
In determining the impact each state would experience should the immigration overhaul be complete, the firm looked at three specific ways in which the legislation could affect the nation. The first is the number of new jobs that would likely be added as well as the impact that would have on the gross domestic product over the course of the next seven years. Next, it looked at the economic growth that would be prompted by an increase in the number of high-skilled visas available. Last, it looked at how many new jobs could be added in the time period due to changes to programs concerning low-skilled visas.
While if passed, the immigration legislation is expected to change many things about the United States’ immigration system, many individuals interested in becoming documented workers or citizens of the U.S. may currently have options. An immigration attorney can help to identify what those options may be.
Source: The Wall Street Journal, “Immigration Overhaul Would Benefit Big States the Most,” Sara Murray, July 16, 2013