Chances are looking better for immigration reform than they have in a long time.
Lots of folks are in favor of immigration reform for the fairness. Here in our state, there are more than 100,000 high school and college students who are the children of undocumented immigrants. These are students who have made contributions to this country and have always called the United States home, yet they currently have no path to U.S. citizenship.
But if that doesn’t sway you, how about the bottom line? According to some estimates, if the immigration reform bill that’s before Congress now would pass, New York state would see a $58 billion increase in economic activity over 10 years as well as more than $23 billion in additional earnings by immigrants, who will be paying an additional $2.5 billion in state and local taxes over this time period.