Monday, October 31, 2016

Immigration Reform

    With the elections going on this year, immigration reform will be a major concern for some. With neither candidate seeming very pro immigrant, who else would stand to gain from immigration reform? If helping families around the nation stay and grow together is not enough benefit to the country than there must be more... there usually is. With immigrants making up 13% of the population and almost 17% of the work force, the economy could really benefit from reform. That statistic is from 2014, estimates legal immigrants now make up around 26% of the population with no conclusive data on how much of the workforce they may represent.
    Some people when they think of immigrant workers they think of industries such as manufacturing or administration. The H1B visa could change that. It is a specialized visa specifically for persons with higher skills and higher education. Through this visa businesses and even universities may recruit the best and most qualified candidates from around the world. There is a cap of 65,000 visas per fiscal year however this cap does not exist for non-profit or government research organizations. According to the United States Citizenship and Immigration website, 20,000 of these visas are reserved for those holding masters degrees or higher.
    In such dire times when the economy needs a push immigration reform could be a game changer. Deportations are not free, there is an entire process that governs, and it is not cheap. Not to mention once the person is deported that is one less person contributing either by work, taxes, or consumption. From individuals to families and from small businesses to major research organizations, we all have a stake in immigration reform.

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Disclaimer: Nothing in this article is intended as legal advice. If you have any questions or concerns you should seek the advice of an attorney in your state or local.