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Obama Immigration Reform Plan

Since President Obama’s announcement in regard to granting deferred action to undocumented immigrants who were brought into the U.S. as youths, a heated debate has erupted between those against and those in support of this decision. Those against this initiative argue that it will act as a detriment to U.S.-born workers and U.S. educational institutes, and this will, in turn, harm the nation’s economy. For those concerned about these supposed economic the following studies conducted by a wide variety of institutions will hopefully serve as some form of consolation as they show that the benefits of this initiative far outweigh the costs. Deferred Action Misconceptions Extinguished Now The initiative has not been formed with lack of reason: those undocumented immigrant youths in question consider the U.S. their primary home and speak English as their first language; they attend primary and secondary school and do exceedingly well, opening gateways to support the nation as future professionals in a wide array of high-skilled professions. Unfortunately, due to their legal status, or the lack thereof, the opportunity to continue on to higher education institutes and potential careers which would benefit not only themselves, but also the economy, is diminished indefinitely.

Deferred Action Economics

The initiative has not been formed with lack of reason: those undocumented immigrant youths in question consider the U.S. their primary home and speak English as their first language; they attend primary and secondary school and do exceedingly well, opening gateways to support the nation as future professionals in a wide array of high-skilled professions. Unfortunately, due to their legal status, or the lack thereof, the opportunity to continue on to higher education institutes and potential careers which would benefit not only themselves, but also the economy, is diminished indefinitely. Deferred Action Misconceptions Extinguished Today To extinguish the misconception of potential beneficiaries of deferred action stealing U.S.-born workers’ jobs, studies conducted by Rob Paral and Associates1 have found that there exists no correlation between recent immigration and unemployment rates at the regional, state, or country level. Their research shows that in areas with the highest unemployment rates, only 3.1% of the population consists of immigrants. Contrarily, the research shows that the counties with the lowest unemployment rates consist of a higher percentage of immigrants. This research is supported by a report by the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco2 which notes that between 1994 and 2007, immigration actually increased the wages of U.S.-born workers by an average of .4%. This increase is due to the boost in economic productivity, capacity, and stimulation of investments. With this boost, one can easily infer that by granting deferred action, neither the U.S-born workers, nor the national economy will be harmed.

Deferred Action Trends

Additionally, economic growth will, contrary to another misconception, appreciate rather than depreciate. According to the research conducted by Dr. Raul Hinojosa-Ojeda and his team at the University of California, Los Angeles, deferred action will encourage beneficiaries of this initiative to invest in their own education, real estate, and business, and to open bank accounts, all of which will help to boost the nation’s economy. The studies touched upon herein briefly graze the tip of the iceberg in terms of the beneficent effects of granting deferred action. With these obvious benefits, then, the arguments against this initiative seem incongruous and misinformed. Works Cited: 1. There is Little Apparent Relationship Between Unemployment Rates and Recent Immigration at the Regional, State, or County Level. Rob Paral and Associates September 2005. 2. Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco Economic Letter 2010-26. August 30, 2010

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