Beside the Golden Door: U.S. Immigration Reform in a New Era of Globalization

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Rowman & Littlefield, 2010 - Political Science - 157 pages
This volume addresses some of the toughest political issues that surround immigration reform. The authors propose a radical overhaul of current immigration policy designed to strengthen economic competitiveness and long-run growth in the United States. They outline a plan that favors employment-based immigration over family reunification, making work-based visas the rule, not the exception. They argue that immigration policy should favor high-skilled workers while retaining avenues for low-skilled immigration; family reunification should be limited to spouses and minor children; provisional visas should be the norm; and quotas that lead to queuing must be eliminated. They advocate a selective immigration policy focused on high-skilled, high-demand workers will allow the United Sates to compete in an increasingly global economy while protecting the interests of American citizens and benefiting taxpayers. The authors conclude that "while not all potential immigrants who knock at the golden door should be admitted, the door should swing wide open to welcome those who desire nothing more than the opportunity to work for the American dream."
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Picking up the Pieces
7
ProGrowth Immigration Policy
39
MarketBased Immigration Reform
70
4 What the plan does not include and Why
98
Beyond the Golden Door
110
Notes
115
References
133
Index
145
About the Authors
157
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