Adverse impacts of "comprehensive reform"
If the "comprehensive immigration reform" promoted by immigration advocates is adopted, it will lead to higher legal and illegal immigration, and therefore higher U.S. population.
If amnesty becomes law, millions of legalized people will likely apply for their extended families to immigrate to the United States. These tens of millions of newcomers will also need jobs, health care, education, and many other costly social services. Due to their mostly low incomes, most of these newcomers will not be likely to pay enough taxes to cover even the cost of educating their children which could be as high as $14000 per child per year.
It is to be noted that after the misnamed "Immigration Reform and Control Act" (IRCA) adopted in 1986 granted amnesty to 3 million illegal migrants, our illegal population has more than quadrupled even though IRCA had provisions to secure our borders. Furthermore, millions of newly naturalized people will be mobilized by immigration activists to vigorously oppose all efforts to reduce illegal immigration in the future. Therefore, the federal government will not have the will to seriously ensure that amnestied people will learn English. Requiring legalized applicants to pay back income taxes will actually increase our fiscal burden because most of them will probably receive Earned Income Tax Credit due to their low incomes.
All individuals in the world deserve quality life. However, the United States is the greatest debtor nation in the world due to many shortsighted policies. Our labor market and infrastructure are overburdened which affect all American-born and naturalized citizens. Therefore, the sensible way to help citizens in developing nations is to urge hundreds of billionaires there to work with their local leaders to stabilize their population and improve life for their own citizens.