Report: Immigration Legalization Could Boost U.S. Economy

A recent study says that legalizing the roughly 12 million undocumented immigrants living in the U.S. would boost our economy. The study, done by UCLA Associate Professor Raul Hinojosa-Ojeda and released by the Center for American Progress and the Immigration Policy Center, goes on to explain that granting them citizenship would create more jobs, increase minimum wage and add $1.5 trillion to our gross domestic product over 10 years.

President Obama wants to provide a path to citizenship to undocumented immigrants, but Republicans are against granting amnesty to those who broke the law by coming into the country illegally. "Immigration has a positive effect on the economy," Hinojosa-Ojeda says. And while some agree with his findings—citing costly and failed measures to prevent illegal immigration—others, like Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, say immigrants would only steal jobs from the 15 million Americans who are currently unemployed.