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."
Shannon K. O'Neil testifies before the U.S. House of Representatives' Committee on Foreign Affairs and Committee on Homeland Security on the way forward for U.S.-Mexico security cooperation.
Listen to Edward Alden discuss Arizona's controversial new immigration law and its implications for comprehensive immigration reform.
CFR Senior Fellow Edward Alden discusses and fields questions on the possibility of comprehensive immigration reform in this CFR media conference call.
Arizona's new immigration law is unwise, unworkable, and probably unconstitutional. And who's to blame? Actually, the rest of the country, writes CFR's Edward Alden.
Arizona's new immigration law may force both Democrats and Republicans into a no-win situation for a tough election year.
Immigration places America at the centre of a web of global networks. So why not make it easier?
Edward Alden testifies before the House Committee on Homeland Security on the obstacles preventing the U.S. government from accurately identifying those who come lawfully to the United States but then overstay their terms of entry.
Four experts debate whether Obama's immigration reform plan, including an expanded path to legalization, would help or harm U.S. workers and economic growth.
Mildrade Cherfils of the Global Post discusses the recent recommendation by French lawmakers to forbid women from wearing head-to-toe Islamic dress in some public spaces, and how this proposed law relates to the question of "French identity," including issues of immigration, integration and religion.
Edward Alden discusses the Obama administration's quiet overhaul of immigration policies.
Edward Alden argues that the Obama administration should promptly eliminate the "special registration" procedures under the National Security Entry-Exit System set up after September 11, 2001.
The recession has added fuel to the debate over skilled-worker visas, including a recent congressional effort to create stricter rules. CFR's Jagdish Bhagwati says the United States should be welcoming skilled workers and other immigrants.
The global flow of remittances represents the link between migration and development. If the world's largest economies are serious about recovery, they should make money transfers as easy and cheap as possible.
This year's Nobelists demonstrate the United States' success in science. But Edward Alden argues that we are jeopardizing this success through shortsighted immigration restrictions that make it difficult for the most talented and ambitious scientists to come here and remain.
This Brookings Institution Governance Studies Event examines the difficulties of immigration reform and proposes a number of policy changes.