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Permanent Legal Immigration to the United States: Policy Overview

January 20, 2013 (1 min read)

"If the 113th Congress takes up comprehensive immigration reform (CIR), many maintain that revision of the legal immigration system should be one of the major components of a CIR proposal.  This primer on legal permanent immigration law, policies, and trends provides a backdrop for the policy options and debates that may emerge if the 113th Congress considers a revision of the legal immigration system." - Ruth Ellen Wasem, Specialist in Immigration Policy, Congressional Research Service, Dec. 17, 2012.