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Your Views: Immigration reform would boost economy
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Citizens are concerned about the economy, the deficit and the decline of family values. Fixing our broken immigration system is a way to address these concerns in a positive way. Immigration reform will have a positive effect on our economy.

According to the Congressional Budget Office and the Joint Committee on Taxation, the Senate Immigration Reform Bill would enable millions of undocumented immigrants to gain legal status and boost the U.S. economy. It would increase the gross domestic product by 3.3 percent ($700 billion) by 2023 and 5.4 percent ($1.4 trillion) in 2033.

Legalized immigrants start new businesses and create jobs. They bring skills that complement native workers. Immigration reform would bring in more money than it costs in benefits. The CBO’s revised score in 2013 leads to a net savings of about $135 billion in the first 10 years and at least $905 billion in the second 10 years. Immigration reform will reduce the deficit by $1.1 trillion over 20 years.

Immigration reform with an earned path to citizenship is important. We believe in family values. The 400,000 deportations have resulted in breaking up families and throwing thousands of children into our foster care system. There is presently no legal way for millions of people living in our communities to obtain legal status.

Approval of House Resolution 15 and passing immigration reform will improve the economy and honor our family values.

Dorothy Foster
Sautee Nacoochee

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