Edward Alden and James Ziglar argue that fixing the U.S. immigration system requires reforming the laws on legal immigration rather than just the enforcement components. A realistic, flexible visa program that matched available workers to open jobs would reduce pressure on limited enforcement resources.
As the United States works to rebound from the economic downturn and improve global competitiveness, the debate over immigration reform intensifies. Six experts weigh in on how to reform the U.S. immigration system to improve economic performance.
Germany's recent debate regarding immigration is missing an important reality.
Some GOP lawmakers have proposed legislation to eliminate birthright citizenship, but legal expert Margaret Stock says these proposals would create vast logistical and social problems and are unlikely to succeed.
In this Wall Street Journal Op-ed, former solicitor general of Texas James C. Ho lays out the legal arguments and body of judicial precedent that will likely thwart state-level immigration legislation.
Ambassadors Carlos Pascual and Arturo Sarukhan discuss U.S.-Mexico economic and political relations, immigration policies, and the need to overcome negative media portrayals of Mexico.
This session was part of a CFR symposium,200 Years of U.S.-Mexico Relations: Challenges for the 21st Century,which was made possible through generous support from the Consulate General of Mexico in New York, the Mexican Cultural Institute of New York, and CFR's Civil Society, Markets, and Democracy Initiative.
In advance of the Global Forum on Migration and Development in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, join Assistant Secretary of State Eric Schwartz for a discussion of U.S. policy on international migration and the foreign policy aspects of the domestic immigration debate.
In this New York Times article, Tyler Cowen, a George Mason University economics professor, explains how immigrants have potential to catalyze U.S. economic growth.
Politico reporter Simmi Aujla discusses what a Republican House Judiciary Committee could mean for immigration reform.
In this book, CFR Senior Fellow Jagdish N. Bhagwati and coauthor Gordon Hanson examine the causes and consequences of the international migration of skilled workers with a particular emphasis on the policy challenges confronting the governments in sending and receiving countries. Teaching notes by Professor Bhagwati.
Roberto Suro writes that the goals of Arizona's immigration bill are twofold. First, the bill seeks to challenge the legal precedents that have allowed the federal government to have nearly total control over immigration issues, and second the bill's authors wanted nationwide attention for their solution.
The federal judge's decision to block the toughest measures in Arizona's new immigration law properly puts the focus back on Washington, where a political deal is needed, says CFR's Edward Alden.
FOX News' James Farrell lists the blocked sections of the Arizona's immigration law and possible reasons for their being striken or held.
This CFR Independent Task Force Report warns that the failure to reform dysfunctional immigration laws and procedures threatens to harm the U.S. economy, complicate diplomacy, and weaken national security. It argues that maintaining America's political and economic leadership depends on attracting talented and hard-working immigrants and on securing the country's borders in a smart, effective, and humane way. Teaching notes by Edward Alden, CFR senior fellow and director of the task force.
President Obama's first big speech on immigration reform missed opportunities to chart a political roadmap for new legislation and failed to reframe the issue's security implications, writes CFR's Edward Alden.
Edward Alden writes that "unless we begin a sensible debate on what a secure border means, and how to get there, badly needed immigration legislation will forever be hostage to an elusive goal."
The authors argue that it is essential to begin working now to expand and establish rules and norms governing armed drones, thereby creating standards of behavior that other countries will be more likely to follow.
The author examines Pakistan's complex role in U.S. foreign policy and advocates for a two-pronged approach that works to quarantine threats while integrating Pakistan into the broader U.S. agenda in Asia.
The authors assess the political, security, and economic challenges facing U.S. policymakers in Afghanistan and evaluate a range of policy options.
Maximalist finds lessons in the past that anticipate and clarify our chaotic present, revealing the history of U.S. foreign policy in an unexpected new light. More
This clear and authoritative book presents a sweeping account of China's global resource quest and the unrivaled expansion of its economy. More
The story of the tragic and often tormented relationship between the United States and Pakistan, and a call to prepare for the worst, aim for the best, and avoid past mistakes. More