From completely closed to completely open, where is best place to split the lines of immigrants being allowed, disallowed, regulated or financially supported?
Keep in mind that the population growth by birth in the US has pretty much plateaued and even has been decreasing. Fertility rates are down to about 1.87 babes/woman.
The Congressional Budget Office put out a report that claims the Senate Immigration Reform Bill (The Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act) could reduce the federal deficit by a couple hundred-billion over the next decade.
The legislation would increase spending while increasing tax revenue even more, thus yielding overall budgetary savings and smaller deficits. The higher spending would largely go toward refundable tax credits and health care for new residents, while the increased revenue would result from a substantially larger workforce. According to the CBO, immigration reform would grow the population by 10.4 million people by 2023, with 6 million of those new residents participating in the labor force. Those new workers would pay Social Security and Medicare taxes as well as contribute to general income taxes.
Of course that's assuming you can create jobs for the additional 6mil peeps. I'm not sure that will happen within the current economic climate of the country. Still, not being able to employ peeps is not an immigration problem, it's an economic problem.
I hear there's another government shut down being tossed around - go go Congressional Gridlock.
Edited, Jul 7th 2014 8:50pm by Elinda