A new University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) study suggests that immigration reform legislation that legalizes undocumented immigrants would boost the American economy.
The report said that legalization, along with a program that allows for future immigration based on the labor market, would create jobs, increase wages, and generate more tax revenue.
Comprehensive immigration reform would add an estimated $1.5 trillion to the U.S. gross domestic product over 10 years, according to the report.
The report was written by Raúl Hinojosa-Ojeda, an associate professor with the UCLA Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies. Hinojosa-Ojeda based the study in part on surveys done on the 1986 legislation that resulted in the legalization of nearly 3 million undocumented immigrants. Those surveys showed that immigrants who were legalized moved on to better-paying jobs and more education, resulting in more spending and more tax revenue. ♦
Information from the LA Times contributed to this report.