The Dilemma Over Immigration Reform: High-Skilled vs Low-Skilled Workers

21st Century Border

H-1BFor years, the phrase “immigration reform” has meant two things for Republicans: a contest to see who could be toughest on the 11 million people living in the United States who aren’t supposed to be, and a flood of proposals to fortify the nation’s borders. For Democrats, the term has meant some form of legalization for undocumented workers and an easier mechanism for getting into the country legally. That’s still true to a great extent. But in the time since Congress’s last encounter with the issue, business leaders have been raising concerns about a deficit of high-skilled workers. And that’s transforming how the immigration debate is playing out.

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About David Leopold
Past President American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), In-the-Trenches practicing immigration Attorney, Blogger, Activist, Photographer, Educator, World Traveler. All opinions are my own.

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