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June 03, 2007

Divided Families: New Legislative Proposals Would Needlessly Restrict Family-Based Immigration

As Congress deliberates over a new comprehensive immigration reform bill, lawmakers are considering legislative proposals that would drastically restrict the family-based immigration system that has been the cornerstone of U.S. immigration policy for decades. The proposal currently under consideration in the Senate would eliminate the first, third, fourth, and 2B family-based preference categories and redefine immediate relatives to exclude parents of U.S. citizens. Advocates of this radical restructuring believe that family-based immigrants, unlike employment-based immigrants, have no vital economic or social role to play in the United States.

However, in a recent Immigration Policy Center (IPC) report, Stewart Lawrence, Managing Director of Puentes & Associates, argues that opponents of family-based immigration are vastly underestimating the numerous social and economic benefits of the family-based admissions system for both immigrants and the native-born. Indeed, according to Lawrence, the United States derives the greatest economic and social benefits from immigration when the employment- and family-based systems are functioning together in a well-balanced fashion.

Read the full IPC report at http://www.ailf.org/ipc/policybrief/policybrief_051807.shtml

Posted by VisaLawyer at June 3, 2007 08:10 AM

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