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

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

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by Pia M. Orrenius, Madeline Zavodny
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0844743321

ISBN-13: 9780844743325

Pub. Date: 08/16/2010

Publisher: American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research

"I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"—the last line of Emma Lazarus's famous poem invites immigrants to enter a land of economic opportunity. Many have accepted that invitation; today, foreign-born workers make up nearly 16 percent of the U.S. workforce and account for almost half of workforce growth over the last decade. Rather than capitalizing on these

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"I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"—the last line of Emma Lazarus's famous poem invites immigrants to enter a land of economic opportunity. Many have accepted that invitation; today, foreign-born workers make up nearly 16 percent of the U.S. workforce and account for almost half of workforce growth over the last decade. Rather than capitalizing on these gains, however, recent immigration reforms have resulted in an inefficient, patchwork system that shortchanges high-skilled immigrants and poorly serves the American public. Beside the Golden Door: U.S. Immigration Reform in a New Era of Globalization proposes a radical overhaul of current immigration policy designed to strengthen economic competitiveness and long-run growth. Pia M. Orrenius and Madeline Zavodny 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. A selective immigration policy focused on high-skilled, high-demand workers will allow the United States to compete in an increasingly global economy while protecting the interests of American citizens and benefiting taxpayers. Orrenius and Zavodny 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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ISBN-13:
9780844743325
Publisher:
American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research
Publication date:
08/16/2010
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
172
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 List of Illustrations Chapter 2 Acknowledgments Chapter 3 Introduction Chapter 4 Chapter 1: The Challenge: Picking Up the Pieces Chapter 5 Chapter 2: The Goal: Pro-Growth Immigration Policy Chapter 6 Chapter 3: The Way: Market Based Immigration Reform Chapter 7 Chapter 4: What the Plan Does Not Include and Why Chapter 8 Conclusion Chapter 9 Notes Chapter 10 References Chapter 11 Index Chapter 12 About the Authors

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