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					Comprehensive Immigration Reform

American Immigration Lawyers Association

The Problem
• Over 12 million undocumented people in the U.S.many with U.S. Citizen and Lawful Resident family members.
• Need to re-unite families and keep families intact. • U.S. Citizens may have to wait for as much as 16 years to be re-united with family members, such as children over the age of 21.

• Lawful residents may have to wait for as much as 7 years to be legally re-united with their spouses and minor children.

The Problem
• Escalating need for more entry-level workers in the healthcare, agricultural and service industries.
• Many undocumented people have filled jobs that few Americans want: restaurants; landscapers; hotels, cab drivers; cleaning services, caretakers. • Increasing need for skilled Healthcare workers as population ages.

• Continuing need for researchers and innovators to keep American Businesses, Universities and Healthcare competitive

Key Elements of Comprehensive Immigration Reform
• Re-unite families- eliminate backlogs and allow family members to pay fines and adjust their immigration status in the U.S. • Establish a “Break-the-Mold” worker program to provide visas, full labor rights, job portability and a path to permanent residency for people working in low- or semi-skilled jobs. Such persons would be registered, finger-printed and monitored. • Mandate the use of biometric, machine-readable and tamper-resistant immigration documents.

Key Elements of Comprehensive Immigration Reform (continued)
• Expand humanitarian visas such as visas for victims of domestic violence to include victims of immigration fraud. • Increase penalties for traffickers. • Increase the number of visas for skilled workers to assist the U.S. remain competitive in business and medicine. • Enhance enforcement efforts by creating a workable electronic national database for employers to verify the immigration status of workers. • Increase fines for businesses employing undocumented workers.

Shortcomings of Past Efforts
IRCA failed to offer a long-term solution to the problem of undocumented immigration because: • it did not expand avenues for legal immigration to match the U.S. economy’s continuing demand for immigrant workers; • it did not create an effective system through which employers could verify that their employees are authorized to work in the United States; and • the employer sanctions provisions of the bill were weakly enforced.

CIR: Critical to Economic Recovery
• Requiring undocumented workers to become legal tax payers will create a level playing field for all workers and employers and will promote economic recovery.

• Legalization will close the trap door at the bottom of the wage scale and will help lift wages of all workers.
• Legalizing workers will cut the legs out from under exploitive employers and generate critical revenues needed to advance economic recovery. • By creating legal channels for workers to come in the future, we will be protecting U.S. workers from unfair competition while facilitating long-term economic growth and innovation.

• Reform that legalizes the undocumented workforce and creates legal channels for future workers will allow us to focus resources on real security threats. Instead of throwing billions of taxpayer dollars in pursuit of busboys, it will increase revenues for state and local governments at a time of massive budget deficits.

CIR More than Pays for Itself
The 2006 immigration reform bill, which included a legalization program, would have more than paid for itself through increased tax revenue. It would have raised $66 billion in new revenue during 2007-2016 from income and payroll taxes, as well as various administrative fees. (CBO)

The 2007 immigration reform bill, which included a legalization program, would have more than paid for itself through increased tax revenue. It would have generated $48 billion in new revenue during 2008-2017, primarily through Social Security payroll taxes. (CBO)

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