Republicans in the US House of Representatives have proposed a step toward immigration reform. The bill would change who can receive an annual block of 55,000 US permanent resident visas. Currently those visas go to people from countries with relatively low rates of immigration to the US via a lottery system. The new bill would close that program and reallocate the visas toward people earning doctorates in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).
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Not surprisingly, development issues played no role in the recent US presidential election. Perhaps surprisingly, immigration reform is now a major second term agenda. CGD has been promoting migration as not just a domestic but also a development issue for some time, with my Let Their People Come, the Place Premium, new empirical research that shows the massive gains to unskilled labor mobility, the inclusion of migra
Washington’s partisan deadlock has drained the hopes of many who seek action on the challenges America faces. But even on one of the most toxic political issues—migration—there is room for hope.
How does a great think tank idea become a law? Filmmakers Shari Robertson and Michael Camerini set out to document this process. The result: a twelve-part series, How Democracy Works Now, that puts U.S. immigration policy in the limelight but tells a broader story of how people shape U.S. policy and social change.