While many lawmakers argue that immigration reform should happen only through a sequence of legislative provisions, often giving priority to an enforcement-only approach, the study clearly shows that combining enforcement with other policies can achieve the best of both worlds.
The following are the study’s key results:
• An enforcement-only approach to immigration reform using the E-Verify system would limit growth and increase deficits.
• Combining policies that have different effects produced better results.
• Immigration limits must be flexible to stay in step with the economy.
• High-skill reform would have positive effects on GDP and reduce deficits.
• Advancing all reform components produced the most budget savings. (The study found that “all of the above” scenario reduced cumulative deficits by $570 billion over 20 years.)
• Immigration reform’s wage impacts are generally small.
• Immigration reforms that provide more future immigrants have larger positive effects on GDP.
You can read the full report by clicking on:
The study used as a reference case the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013 (S.744), passed by the Senate, assessing the economic and budgetary impacts of alternative scenarios and assumptions.
You might remember that the Society supported S744 throughout 2013 and 2014, through action alerts and congressional visits. Unfortunately, S744 expired at the end of 2014, because the House leadership never allowed the bill to come to the floor, in spite of the fact that a clear majority of House members would have voted in favor.