Lately there has been a huge debate about immigration and whether or not the immigration reform should include a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants living in the United States. There are many benefits if we include a pathway to citizenship.
Including a reasonable pathway to citizenship would cause a decrease in crime because immigrants would have more opportunities in the labor market and obtain higher paying jobs, which lessens the incentive to commit crimes to gain a profit. Immigrants would no longer be afraid to report crimes to the police anymore would bring more immigrants into the mainstream of society.
Providing a road map to citizenship to undocumented immigrants gives them legal protections that raise their wages and promotes investment in their education, which eventually creates higher wages and output, a broader range of higher-paying jobs, improves the efficiency of the labor market and it becomes easier for immigrants to start businesses. If legal status and citizenship were accorded to undocumented immigrants now, GDP would grow about $1.4 trillion by 2022, according to the Center for American Progress. It is time to give immigrants a pathway to citizenship.