Friday, October 18, 2013

Are There Enough Non-Profits to Legalize 8 Million Undocumented immigrants?

Immigrant Legal-Aid Organizations in the United States by Erwin de Leon and Robert Roach (Urban Institute)

Any enacted immigration reform legislation that is comprehensive in scope will include a path to legalization for the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States. Based on the U.S. Senate bill passed in June 2013, the Congressional Budget Office projects about 8 million people will be eligible for regularization of status, most of whom will likely turn to nonprofits for legal assistance in maneuvering the process. Are there enough immigrant-serving organizations providing legal aid to meet the surge in demand when immigration reform finally happens? This brief begins to answer the question while posing additional ones.

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