Thursday, September 13, 2012

Comparing the Democratic and Republican Plans on Immigration

ThinkProgress published the results of a study on the two political parties' immigration plans.  Specifically, the study looked at the economic impact of the Democratic and Republican parties for the four years of the next presidential administration. They asked what would be the consequences for overall economic growth, jobs, and taxes of either deporting 11.5 million undocumented immigrants (including 8 million workers, as the Republican platform would do) versus enabling them to earn legal status (as the Democratic platform would do).

The infographic accompanying the article tells a compelling story:

Immigration reform generates jobs, increases tax revenues, and stimulates the economy.  In the light of the grim economic situation facing the US, and much of the world, we need the kind of boost that immigration reform could generate.