The US Immigration Reform Bill is expected to be passed within two months paving way for extension of legal status to undocumented immigrants. It will address the status of over 10 million undocumented immigrants, including 300,000 Indians living illegally in the US.

Iftekhar Shareef, Trustee-Chairman, Federation of Indian Associations, Chicago, the oldest and the largest Indian Organisation in America, who recently met President Barak Obama, said the Bill will be passed with the help of Republicans as Democrats presently did not have an absolute majority in the US Congress.

Bill to strengthen border security

The Bill also seeks to strengthen border security and bolster work programmes to facilitate the hiring of both high and low skilled workers, Mr. Shareef said. Once the legalisation is done, Indian immigrants will be able to contribute to the consumption of goods and services, pay more taxes to boost US businesses and thus raise domestic income, Mr. Shareef said.