Immigration reform 2016 news: Majority of Americans want undocumented immigrants to stay in US

Polls and studies have been conducted recently to address the immigration reform issue in the United States. Findings show favorable results for undocumented immigrants and magnify their positive contribution to the U.S. economy.

(Reuters/Carlos Barria)A man holds an envelope from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigrations Service during a naturalization ceremony at the National Archives Museum in Washington December 15, 2015

The immigration reform is badly affecting the growth of U.S. jobs, as well as increasing the overhead cost of domestic companies in employing local citizens. A study on this reform on immigration was conducted by Matthew Slaughter, dean of Dartmouth's Tuck School of Business and a former member of the Council of Economic Advisers under President George W. Bush. Prior to the release of the findings of the study, U.S. News received a copy of the report, which conveys that the restriction on skilled immigrants limits productivity in the United States, and that American firms are losing a fortune.

Slaughter was quoted as saying, "The paradox I come back to is that there's a preponderance of evidence that high-skill immigration is a dynamic force that can help the U.S. create not just jobs, but good jobs."

In Florida, survey results published by America's Voice show that residents remain in favor of the pro-immigrant reforms Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI). The report notes that 80 percent (four out of five) agrees to allow illegal immigrants to stay in America, rather than leave. Meanwhile, in Ohio, 70 percent of respondents are in favor of allowing undocumented immigrants to stay in the country. The report further notes that respondents from Florida and Ohio believe that immigrants do not pose a threat to American customs and values; rather, they add strength to the society.

The immigrants without legal permission to stay in the country, which are roughly about 11 million, are significantly helping the U.S. economy. A study by The Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy proves that "undocumented immigrants contribute significantly to state and local taxes, collectively paying an estimated $11.64 billion a year."

With reference to the presidential candidates' standpoint on this issue, The Daily Caller notes that Hilary Clinton, John Kasich, and Bernie Sanders are all in favor of allowing the undocumented immigrants to stay in the United States and be legalized. Donald Trump and Ted Cruz — whose platform prioritizes helping the American workers over skilled immigrants — are firmly against this.