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Biden Urged to Legalize Migrants as Part of Infrastructure Plan

  • Economists argue that citizenship path would benefit U.S.
  • But many Republicans dismiss such proposals as ‘amnesty’
A U.S. Citizen Naturalization Ceremony As Trump Says Wall Coming
Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

A group of more than 60 economists urged President Joe Biden to create a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants in his forthcoming economic and infrastructure plan, arguing it would raise U.S. wages, productivity and tax revenue.

The economists, including President Barack Obama’s former top economist Jason Furman and David Kallick of the Fiscal Policy Institute, which champions liberal economic policies, made the proposal in a letter to the White House obtained by Bloomberg News. Legalizing millions of immigrants -- especially those in jobs considered essential during the pandemic -- would strengthen the economy while providing them with workplace protections, they argued.