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Featured Issue: The Immigration System

Any immigration reform effort must address America’s outdated permanent immigration system and eliminate the long periods—often many years—that families, employers, and prospective employees must wait to come to the United States. Our permanent immigration policies are intended to promote family unification, facilitate immigrant assimilation, and unleash immigrants’ economic dynamism. Unfortunately, our current policies do just the opposite by forcing families to wait years to be reunited and hampering economic growth.

Immigration Reform 2014

The Senate: S.744 – "The Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act" (AILA Doc. No. 13041760.)

The House

In June of 2013 the House Judiciary committee passed H.R. 2131, the SKILLS Act, a bill that takes a misguided “zero-sum” approach to green card reform that is not based on our nation’s needs--increasing the number of green cards in one category does not necessitate decreasing the numbers in another category. Each green card category meets a specific need and choosing to sacrifice one for another will only create additional gridlock in an already backlogged system. Notwithstanding the bill’s fundamentally flawed zero-sum approach, some provisions in H.R. 2131 would improve both immigrant and nonimmigrant business visa systems. More green cards would be made available in key employment based categories, as well as the creation of new categories for foreign STEM graduates (science, technology, engineering, and math) and entrepreneurs. The bill also increases the number of H-1B visas that would be available to better meet the needs of employers wanting to hire talented workers.

AILA Correspondence


Cite as AILA Doc. No. 12032170.