US Immigration Overhaul Asserts Merit and Seeks Economic Gain

The comprehensive immigration overhaul planned in the US congress to fix chronic problems in its system has set off a raging debate on its merits and demerits. The immigration bill proposed by a bipartisan group of Democratic and Republican senators is the most ambitious effort for the past 25 years and may reverse the trend of Illegal immigration statistics.

Thrust on Merit

President Obama is in favour of creating a merit-based program for Green cards, or a visa entitled for legal permanent residency on the basis of a point system.

The biggest criticism the bill is facing is the proposal to grant amnesty to 11 million illegal immigrants as a step towards reorienting future immigration. By extending state benefits to illegal migrants (or as some call them ‘law breakers) critics say the fiscal deficit of US will only continue to bloat.

Bonanza for Illegal Immigrants

In an effort to…

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