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New Report Says Legalization Would Result in $1.4 billion in Revenues for Houston, Texas

"A new report issued this month by the Greater Houston Partnership (GHP), a business advocacy organization, confirms that legalization of unauthorized workers would result in those workers earning higher wages and paying more taxes. Potential Tax Revenues from Unauthorized Workers in Houston’s...

A Divide on the Payoff of Legalizing Immigrants

"Granting legal status to the [unauthorized*] immigrants living in one of Texas’ largest metropolitan areas would generate at least $1.4 billion a year in revenue for state and federal agencies, with Social Security and Medicare being the largest potential beneficiaries, according to an...

The Consequences of Legalization Versus Mass Deportation

"In this report we describe the direct impacts of either deporting or legalizing undocumented workers. In reality, the effects would be much larger. Mass deportation, for example, would result in an indirect negative impact on local businesses because there would be less money circulating...

Legalizing Immigrants Can Help Reduce Poverty

"Most analysis indicates that legalizing immigrants would provide momentum for their families to escape poverty. Twenty years of study has found that while education levels and English-language ability may constrain their earnings, legalized immigrants will tend to improve their economic situations...

Making Legal: The Dream Act, Birthright Citizenship, and Broad-Scale Legalization

"Some of the most controversial topics in immigration and citizenship law involve granting lawful immigration status - or citizenship itself - to persons who might otherwise be in the United States unlawfully. In this Article, I examine arguments for and against three ways to confer lawful status...

At the Edge of US Immigration’s “Halt of Folly:” Data, Information, and Research Needs in the Event of Legalization

"In September 2013, the Center for Migration Studies of New York, with support from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, convened a group of immigration specialists, researchers, scholars, and advocates in Washington, DC to discuss data, information, and research needs for planning...

New Research: House and Senate Could Be Positioned for Agreement on Legalization of the Unauthorized Immigrants

"While a potential House approach on legalization would allow fewer unauthorized immigrants to gain lawful permanent residence than Senate bill S. 744, it could form the basis for an agreement on immigration reform, according to a new analysis by the National Foundation for American Policy (NFAP...

House GOP Proposals Could Legalize 6.5 Million Immigrants

"Between 4.4 million and 6.5 million immigrants illegally in the United States could gain an eventual pathway to citizenship under proposals being discussed by Republicans in the House of Representatives, according to an estimate published Tuesday by the National Foundation for American Policy,...

Second-Class Noncitizens

"The United States has a long track record not only of legalizing illegal immigrants, by legislative or administrative action, but also of pairing legalization with a grant of permanent residency, the prerequisite for naturalization. ... Today’s political opposition to a path to citizenship...