Who knew? Not me! Current laws forbid companies from hiring undocumented workers. But for those who came to the United States as youngsters with their parents, creating their own LLC’s, working with the U.S. banking system and business law is second nature (unlike their parents who might still be fearful of this).
This LA Times article opened my eyes to the intricacies of legally acting as a consultant or forming your own limited liability company. In this article, one featured undocumented young person talks about her epiphany: ‘I can’t get hired by a U.S. citizen, but I can hire a U.S. citizen.’ Hat’s off to Cindy Carcamo of the LA Times for the good information.
CBS News featured a story on the benefits of new immigrants to a community. The greater Cleveland area, for example, is still trying to recover from the vacant housing issues in some neighborhoods. The opinion of one policy expert is this:
“Immigration yields a significant impact on home values across the country, occurring most notably in relatively affordable metropolitan areas and neighborhoods,” according to the report. “Controlling for other factors, when an immigrant moves into a community, the price of the average home rises by 11.6 cents.” If 1,000 immigrants arrived, in other words, a home’s value could rise by more than $11,000.”
The above article highlights other points as well, in a new report just released. It’s a good read and interviews other people not involved in the report who provide further analysis.
The Columbus Dispatch writes about the frustration on all ends of the wait for citizenship. According to this article, 4700 of the 342,000 people waiting Nationwide are in Ohio.
Lots of good information in this article, but here is something to take away (please read it, it could be eye-opening for you)
If court cases take years to complete just think of the money spent to process this. Wouldn’t a timely resolution to all cases benefit us all? When, for example, the one Ohio court was set up to handle immigration cases, the numbers in back log were less than 200. Times change, needs change, and regardless of whether you think immigrants should be allowed to stay here, it’s like being on death row. Not very humane, not good for business and certainly not good for Ohio.
The Church (now a Basilica), the Bishop, and parishioners all weighed in on the need to embrace immigrants. Very cool article about why some people in Wilmington, North Carolina are hoping for comprehensive immigration reform.
The Uniting American Families Act plus the legalization of same sex marriage allowed two couples who hoped to gain permanent residency in Vermont to breathe a sigh of relief. You can read about it here.
More on the Uniting American Families portion of Immigration Reform (currently there are at least 35,000 same-sex binational couples in the U.S.) can be found on Wikipedia here.
Key points to the League of Latin American Citizens (LULAC) report for the entire Nation are provided on their site. Some things make perfect sense.
1. Because increased immigration brings with it an enrichment of culture, tourism would grow nationally.
2. GDP would rise, the Federal Deficit would be reduced – LULAC estimates – by $850 million over the next 20 years.
You can read more about it on the LULAC site here.
Of keen interest to all of us in NE Ohio would be their report on how the reforms (using the Senate Bill as a model) would affect the State of Ohio.
They suggest if immigration reform was in place by Fall of 2013, the increase in workers paying taxes and adding to the economy by the end of 2014 would be 10,000 new people.
Me? I always like the original source. Who came up with these stats, anyway? Regional Economics Models, Inc., that’s who. They are headquartered in Massachusetts and have other interesting things on their site like webinars. They also do economic modeling for other issues.
The idea that Congress is going to deal with immigration reform and put more sensible laws in place before December of 2013 is nice but probably not happening. I guess we could all be pleasantly surprised…
NPR highlighted a case coming to the Court system this week. It involves a man who for all practical purposes has been in the United States since he was 17 months old. He graduated from law school and the issue before the Court? Can an illegal alien practice law/get a license to practice?
There is a four-minute audio available on the above-linked NPR site, or you can read the article on the page.