Immigration Reform to Put America First

An immigration system that prioritizes the needs of Americans and our nation.

America First Policies believes our immigration system should serve the interests of American citizens and legal residents. Immigration to the U.S. is a privilege, not a right, and we should admit legal immigrants and non-immigrant temporary workers who share our values, speak our language and have the education and skills to contribute to the betterment of our nation and our people. We should eliminate the outdated “diversity visa lottery” system that awards visas simply on the basis of geography. Chain migration, which awards visas on the basis of extended family connections, should be replaced with a merit-based system that prioritizes education, skills and English language proficiency. We can increase wages and opportunities for American citizens and legal residents by reducing the overall level of legal immigration from the current level of approximately one million a year. A continuing inflow of high numbers of low-skill immigrants depresses wages for those most vulnerable, who are at the bottom end of the wage scale, and disproportionately minorities and recent immigrants. The H1B visa program and similar non-immigrant temporary worker programs should be reformed to prevent their abuse by employers to depress wages, limit opportunities and replace Americans and lawful residents in IT and other fields with lower paid foreign-born labor. Congress should replace the arbitrary and unconstitutional Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, created by presidential order in the previous administration, with a statutory program providing for a lawful, long-term solution.

The Facts:

Background: 

“Lies, Damned Lies and Immigration Statistics,” George Borjas National Review 2016, https://www.nationalreview.com/2016/01/immigration-statistics-mariel-boatlift-low-skill-wages/

The Wage Impact of the Marielitos: A Reappraisal, George Borjas Harvard University, October 2015.

Read More:

“LaborEcon, Common sense on immigration and other labor market issues,” a blog of George Borjas, Robert W. Scrivner Professor of Economics and Social Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School. He is regarded as America’s leading immigration economist. https://gborjas.org/

“We Wanted Workers, Unraveling the Immigration Debate,” George Borjas, Harvard Kennedy School, W.W. Norton & Company 2017, http://books.wwnorton.com/books/We-Wanted-Workers/

Reforming American Immigration for a Strong Economy (RAISE) Act, Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) and Sen. David Perdue (R-GA), https://www.cotton.senate.gov/?p=press_release&id=765

“Trump Sets Up a Grand Bargain on Immigration,” New York Times February 2, 2018, https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/02/opinion/trump-immigration-dreamers.html

“The Impact of High-Skill Immigration on U.S. Workers,” Testimony by Ron Hira, Associate Professor of Public Policy at Howard University before the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest of the Judiciary Committee March 1, 2016, https://www.epi.org/publication/congressional-testimony-the-impact-of-high-skilled-immigration-on-u-s-workers-4/

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