Evaluating the Impact of the Registered Provisional Immigrant Program: A Cost-Benefit Analysis
Keywords: Immigration, Cost-Benefit Analysis
AbstractOn June 27, 2013, the Senate passed the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013 (referred to as S.744). The bill addresses key elements of the immigration process through five sections. This analysis serves as an ex-ante Cost-Benefit Analysis (CBA) of the proposed Registered Provisional Immigrant (RPI) program under Section II of S.744, which would allow undocumented immigrants in the US to obtain legal status. The CBA looks at a 10-year timeframe from 2015 through 2025 and estimates the costs and benefits to four groups: undocumented immigrants, US taxpayers, employers of undocumented immigrants, and the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) under a base case scenario, a distributional weight scenario, and a worst-case scenario. Given the positive net benefits observed under the three scenarios, significant evidence recommends the implementation of the RPI program.