Now that Republicans seem ready to play ball on immigration,
notes Reason Foundation Senior Analyst Shikha Dalmia in her
Bloomberg View column, it will be a pity if the momentum for reform
is squandered on little, piddly reforms like raising visa caps.
This opportunity should be used for a fundamental overhaul of U.S.
immigration system, especially its employment-based part:
This isn’t as daunting as it appears. For inspiration, Americans
need look no farther than Canada.
Canada’s provincial-nominee program, while not perfect,
avoids the economically meaningless distinctions between skilled
and unskilled workers that bedevil the employment-based U.S.
immigration laws. It also puts in place incentives to treat foreign
workers not as foes but as friends whose labor and skills are vital
to the economy.
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