Angelo's Answer: Uncap and Grow

"[M]arket-testing has already proven that -- at least in the nonimmigrant sector -- artificial visa quotas are not necessary. History shows (as Peri notes) that when the economy sizzles, the annual allotment of quota-based visas has been consumed in days, but when it is frail, the quota...

Immigration Reform...Outside the Box

Policy superstars Roxana Bacon and Esther Olavarria engaged law students to tackle the thorniest problems in immigration law reform. The results may surprise you. - Angelo Paparelli's Blog, July 22, 2012 .

Immigration Law, Clear as Mud

"If Congress ever grows enough of a spine to tackle comprehensive immigration reform, it must do more than merely resolve the big items -- border and interior enforcement; legalization of unauthorized migrants already here; and a plan for future flows of sojourners and permanent residents. It must...

Could Latino Turnout Force CIR? - Paparelli

" A convention segment last week on POTUS (Politics of the United States) , the [Sirius XM] satellite radio station, entitled "Hispanic Voices," offered a plausible route to CIR: Latino voters turn out in large numbers; Obama is reelected, but one Congressional chamber remains...

Barack Be Nimble: Go BIG and BOLD on Comprehensive Immigration Reform

"I think the country has shifted tectonically in its embrace of CIR, as confirmed by exit polls revealing a 65% preference among all voters for granting unauthorized immigrant workers "a chance at legal status." Like Lyndon Johnson upon his unforeseen ascent to the highest office in the...

Reforming Immigration 'With Liberty and Justice for All'

"America would be wise to transform our immigration laws in tangible ways that make manifest the Pledge's promise of justice and liberty for all. Here, then, are several suggested reforms to the immigration laws (with more to follow in future posts) that would serve us well by serving the needs...

'Bibles, Badges and Business' Converge for Comprehensive Immigration Reform

" The "phantasmagoric politics" of Washington DC often produce hallucinatory effects : [A]lmost every time I travel there . . . something comes over me. Inside the Beltway, talk can give off the illusion of action. The mouthing of words, however powerful on the printed page or eloquent...

Fix Immigration by Improving Its Justice System

"Administrative reform (which Congress should enact into law rather than trust the agency to promulgate) must begin with a change to the USCIS rules which now limit the types of parties (a) who are permitted to appear before the agency and (b) the even smaller population of persons and organizations...

Immigration Quota Reform: Waste Not, Want Not

"[I]mmigrant visa quota numbers evaporate without a trace rather than linger in the environment. Every September 30, all unused immigrant visas for that fiscal year disappear. Moreover, unless Congress intervenes, nothing can be done to recapture a green card lost because immigration bureaucrats...

The Xenophobes Can't Kill Immigration Reform - But What Should CIR Supporters Do Now?

"Despite CIR proponents' quick retorts, the Boston bombings will likely make enactment all the more difficult. Unlike an esteemed colleague who predicts a less than 50% chance, I'm still optimistic that CIR will be enacted. If anything, Boston made the price of doing nothing simply too high...

The Immigration Scandal at DHS - Just as Bad as at IRS

" Americans are outraged when tax laws and revenue agents bite them, but seem scantly or not at all troubled when our immigration laws and their bureaucratic enforcers devour people and property rights. No doubt this disparity of concern proves the maxim that it all depends on whether your own or...