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.
Authors: Pia Orrenius, Vivek Wadhwa, Tamar Jacoby, Jonathan Bowles, and Peter Dixon and Maureen T. Rimmer
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.
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 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.
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.
The Council on Foreign Relations' David Rockefeller Studies Program—CFR's "think tank"—is home to more than seventy full-time, adjunct, and visiting scholars and practitioners (called "fellows"). Their expertise covers the world's major regions as well as the critical issues shaping today's global agenda. Download the printable CFR Experts Guide.
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.