Immigration

News Release

Congress’s Proposed Guest Worker Program Deeply Flawed, Finds New Council Report

Author: Gordon H. Hanson

While immigration policy reform is long overdue, the solutions now being considered by Congress are unlikely to solve the problem, says a new Council Special Report. By creating a guest worker scheme that replicates the flaws of the current legal immigration system, Congress is failing to understand the economic incentives that drive illegal immigration. “In their efforts to gain control over illegal immigration, Congress and the administration need to be cautious that the economic costs do not outstrip the putative benefits,” warns the report, The Economic Logic of Illegal Immigration.

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Transcript

Immigration and U.S. Global Competitiveness [Rush Transcript; Federal News Service]

Speakers: Spencer Abraham and Lee H. Hamilton

Former Rep. Lee Hamilton (D-IN) and former Sen. Spencer Abraham (R-MI) cochaired a year-long task force aimed at tackling the nation's immigration challenges. They discuss the task force's recommendations and how the Council on Foreign Relations might build on them as Congress again debates the immigration challenge.

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Analysis Brief

Making Immigration Work

The only concrete measures produced by a yearlong congressional debate on immigration reform have involved border security. But a broader discussion looms on immigration and its role in U.S. economy and culture.

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Must Read

GAO: Border Security: Stronger Actions Needed to Assess and Mitigate Risks of the Visa Waiver Program

Author: Jess T. Ford

This report from the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) discusses the security implications of the US Visa Waiver Program. In 2004 the Department of Homeland Security established a unit to oversee the program and conduct reviews. The GAO identifies problems with the 2004 review process, as key stakeholders were not consulted during portions of the process, the review process lacked clear criteria and guidance to make key judgments, and the final reports were untimely. It also says the monitoring unit cannot effectively achieve its mission to monitor and report on ongoing law enforcement and security concerns in visa waiver countries due to insufficient resources.

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