The Congressional Budget Office released a report this week that says reforming the nation’s immigration system would cut the deficit and boost the economy. The report focuses on the economic impact of a sector of the workforce that’s also the subject of research by a nonprofit, bi-partisan group in Georgia called The Essential Economy. That group says Georgia’s economy *depends* on lower-skilled workers, many of whom are undocumented.
The U.S. Senate took the first steps toward voting on comprehensive immigration reform Tuesday. It’s expected to pass the Senate, and then it will move to the House, where a tougher battle awaits. If passed in its current form, the bill would affect a wide range of Georgia residents.
Immigrant rights groups pushing for national reform marched Wednesday in many cities, including Atlanta. Protesters here in Georgia also pressed Gov. Nathan Deal to veto a bill that would bar people here illegally from using a foreign passport for ID.
Thousands of undocumented Georgians are applying for deferred access status under a controversial program Pres. Obama announced in June. It will spare some immigrants from deportation for two years. And it will affect many young people whose legal status has kept them in limbo.
Some undocumented young people in Georgia remain skeptical about an order issued by Pres. Obama last week that could spare them from deportation. They say the government has reneged on similar reprieves in the past.