In the weeks that followed the President’s announcement of his plans to institute deportation suspension and work authorization policies for qualifying undocumented foreign nationals, there has been a flurry of media attention that discusses how these policies will affect the country as a whole. Unsurprisingly, the media attention has spread across party lines, with liberal media sources lauding the President’s moves and conservative outlets largely decrying them.
However, recently the White House issued a public relations statement that seemingly could attract both sides of the political spectrum. Last week, White House advisor Cecilia Munoz stated that the President’s executive actions could boost the U.S. economy – specifically in the state of California – by more than $27 billion.
How the Executive Action Could Boost the Economy
According to the White House, the President’s action to provide work authorization eligibility to millions of undocumented foreign nationals would create a direct and immediate increase in productivity and worker availability, especially in California where there is a large undocumented yet highly skilled population. By tapping into this hitherto unavailable resource, California businesses will be able to expand their operations, increase their productivity and output, and create more job opportunities for American workers.
Ms. Munoz also forecasts that the President’s executive action will encourage and facilitate entrepreneurship and innovation, which could result in the opening of new businesses all across the country. Additionally, it is also projected that the people who will be able to enter the workforce for the first time will soon be able to spend more and pay higher taxes.
By increasing the available workforce and providing foreign nationals with increased flexibility and job mobility, the White House Council of Economic Advisors estimates that the executive action could increase the U.S. gross domestic product by $90 billion over the next 10 years.
Other Possible Advantages of the Executive Action
Ms. Munoz also points out that another favorable and highly desired outcome of the executive action is the probable advantages the action offers to law enforcement agencies. According to Ms. Munoz, undocumented foreign nationals who are no longer afraid of discovery by immigration authorities will be much more likely to report crimes and assist the police with investigations.
Moreover, many undocumented foreign nationals – especially women and children – are the victims of crimes that go unreported because the victims are afraid of disclosing their undocumented status to law enforcement officers. By allowing these individuals to come out of the shadows, the executive action will also likely decrease the occurrence and non-reporting of violent crimes such as rape, child abuse, and domestic spouse abuse.
Opponents’ Response to the White House’s Projections
Those who oppose the President’s executive actions favor stricter enforcement of current immigration laws. These opponents have reportedly dismissed any predictions of significant economic growth that would affect the country. Instead, many opponents claim that any economic improvements would mainly – or exclusively – be enjoyed by foreign nationals and not U.S. workers or their families.
The economic benefits and advantages of increased immigration need hardly be discussed. It has been shown time and time again that foreign nationals pose a veritable boon to the U.S. economy and therefore to society as a whole. The President’s executive actions are a fantastic way to institute economically favorable policies that will also promote increased law enforcement success and job creation for U.S. workers. Continue to check with our blog for the most up to date news on the executive action and all other immigration-related issues.
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Problems with the H-1B visa: From Work Horse to Show Pony, ImmigRantings, February 13, 2012