Monday, January 27, 2014

A Great Report: The Economic Case for a Clear and Quick Pathway to U.S. Citizenship

With the State of the Union scheduled for tomorrow (Jan. 28, 2014), this is a report everyone should read regarding immigration reform.

The Economic Case for a Clear Quick Pathway to Citizenship


The Center for American Progress released a report today using evidence from Europe and North America to make "The Economic Case for a Clear, Quick Pathway to Citizenship." "The literature on new and old immigrant-destination countries shows that the clearer the pathway to citizenship, the greater the gains, and that the optimal waiting period for citizenship is roughly five years. Placing significant restrictions and lengthy delays on immigrants' ability to become citizens diminishes the size of their ultimate economic premium for two reasons. The number of years that an immigrant can work for higher wages as a naturalized citizen declines, and immigrants have fewer incentives to invest in training and new skills as they age. Also, the best and the brightest immigrants may leave for their home countries or other, more welcoming countries."

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