WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate's immigration bill would remake America's economy from top to bottom and add more immigrant workers in all sectors of society, according to recent analyses.
The bill aims to secure the borders, track people overstaying their visas and crack down on employers. But it does not seek to choke off immigration. Indeed, it would increase the U.S. population over the next two decades by 15 million more immigrants than current law, according to the Congressional Budget Office.
In place of the unauthorized workers now commonly found laboring in lower-skilled jobs in the agriculture or service industries, many of these workers would be legal, some of them permanent resident green card holders or even citizens.
Illegal immigration across the border with Mexico would slow, and legal immigration would increase markedly.