Monday, October 19, 2015

An immigration policy for the next 50 years

Gulasekaram and Ramakrishnan

Writing for The Hill, immprofs Pratheepan Gulasekaram and Karthick Ramakrishnan  summarize the importance of the 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act, 50 years old this month.

The two also highlight the Act's core problems: (i) "a yawning gap between the formal equality in per-country allocation and the reality of employer needs and the needs of families" and (ii) "the stark variation in state policies on undocumented immigrants."

They conclude:

Looking ahead to the next 50 years of immigration policy, two fundamental problems need to be addressed. First, federal immigration law must realistically account for the varied immigration demand from particular countries and the historic, geographic, and economic ties that drive migration from Asia and Latin America. The per-country caps from 1965 must be eliminated. Just as importantly, Congress needs to take stock of the patchwork of state immigration laws, and more clearly articulate the kinds of policies that need to be uniform across the country, to provide more predictability to employers, immigrants, and other residents.


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