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Posted by: Maricopa Lawyers on Apr 1, 2014

Immigration reform affects all Americans no matter what side of the issue you stand on. While the issue of immigration reform has been a political issue for several years, 2014 has seen a new push from House Democrats to enact new laws concerning individuals already living in America and those hoping to immigrate here.

Amidst Washington’s concerns over the budgetary year, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s office on Tuesday revealed a new report by the Congressional Budget Office that states that the immigration reforms offered by House Democrats last fall, which mirrors the Senate-approved plan, would reduce federal deficits by $200 billion in the next ten years.

The plan presented would provide a path to legal status, and potential citizenship for countless undocumented immigrants, whom, in theory, would provide a boost to U.S. economic output and eventually increase wages broadly for American workers, the CBO asserts.

Similar to the Senate bill, the House version would also lead to a “significant reduction in federal budget deficits during the second decade of enactment,” wrote CBO Director Douglas Elmendorf in a letter to Pelosi.

The CBO previously found that the proposed Senate plan would reduce deficits by $700 million in the second decade.

It is expected that Pelosi and other Democrats plan to file a discharge petition in an attempt to force a vote on their immigration bill, though chances are the GOP will not support such a move.  The petition currently has 200 co-sponsors, with only three Republicans which are 15 short of the 218 needed to force Speaker John Boehner to hold a vote in the House.

Boehner has said that he does not expect the House to take action on the comprehensive immigration bill until President Obama improves relationships between his administration and GOP House members.