This Week in Immigration

www.ImmigrationImpact.com

This

past week, ImmigrationImpact highlighted aspects of a recent

Immigration Policy Center (IPC) report, Breaking Down the Problems, What’s Wrong With our Immigration

System?. The report highlights the problems faced by American families,

businesses, and workers, all caught in a broken immigration system. But the

report also addresses the long-term effect of our broken immigration laws on

government. Put simply, broken laws equal broken government.

Help Wanted: Broken Immigration

Policies Equal Broken Government Responses

For more than a decade, Congress has attempted to “fix” our broken

immigration system by pouring money into border walls, detention beds, and

stepped up enforcement actions against workers. But every dollar spent on the

deportation side of the equation means a dollar not spent on improving

immigration services, keeping fees down, and processing applications quickly

and efficiently. Congress has frequently increased the amount of money for

line items like detention beds and fencing above the agency request simply

because it looks good and sounds tough. But that political calculation

translates into something else on the agency side.

Labor Pains: How Our Broken

Immigration System Hurts All Workers

While most employers are law-abiding, some unscrupulous employers have a

secret weapon for keeping down wages and working conditions-our broken

immigration system. Bad apple employers hire undocumented immigrants, subject

them to unsafe working conditions, pay them less than the market wage, or

don’t pay them at all. As immigration reform hovers on the horizon, we should

learn a lesson from the failure of our current broken immigration system and

ineffective worksite enforcement policy.

Risky Business: Our Broken

Employment-Based Immigration System Jeopardizes the American Economy

Does Congress’s continued failure to fix our broken employment-based

immigration system jeopardize our economy, now and in the future? Yes, it

does. If we don’t have enough employment-based immigrant visas, the best and

brightest from around the world will start going somewhere else. We are not

only a nation of immigrants; we are a nation of successful immigrants. We

attract those who are willing to work hard, better themselves, and strive for

success. However, our legal immigration system has made the process of

immigration to the United States so difficult, so full of uncertainty, and so

lengthy, that folks are now choosing not to come.

Family Ties: A Closer Look

at the Problem with Our Family-Based Immigration System

The principle of family unity has long been a central tenet of our

immigration laws and has contributed to the economic and social prosperity of

our country and immigrant populations. However, the benefits of family-based

immigration are undermined by the well-documented backlogs-backlogs caused by

quotas in family immigration categories which fall far short of the number of

immigrant visa applications.

Immigration Gumbo in the

Pelican State

The Pelican State is slowly stepping out as one of

the most dynamic immigrant states in the nation. With a New American

governor, an immigrant congressman and growing numbers of immigrants calling Louisiana home, the

state is emerging as a model for what immigration can do for a state.

The Immigration

Policy Center

got a makeover this week! Check out our new easy-to-use website at www.immigrationpolicy.org for the latest on immigration

policy.

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