Business & the Workforce

Immigration a Boon to U.S. Economy Finds National Panel of Experts

Immigration a Boon to U.S. Economy Finds National Panel of Experts

Immigrants and their descendants make valuable contributions to the U.S. economy, according to a new report just released by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine entitled, The Economic and Fiscal Consequences of Immigration. The exhaustive report is written by a nationally recognized panel of experts. It takes a comprehensive look at the fiscal […]

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Eliminating the Black Market for Labor Between the U.S. and Mexico

Written by on September 13, 2016 in Business & the Workforce, Low Wage with 0 Comments
Eliminating the Black Market for Labor Between the U.S. and Mexico

Despite its 3,000 mile border and long shared history, the U.S. and Mexico do not currently have a bilateral agreement to regulate the flow of “lower-skilled” labor. Yet, as has long been the case, a significant share of laborers working in the U.S. are unauthorized immigrants from Mexico. In the event that a legislative debate […]

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What to Expect Now That Congress Is Back

Written by on September 8, 2016 in High Skilled, Legislation with 0 Comments
What to Expect Now That Congress Is Back

Congress returned to work this week after a six week recess. While September promises to be a busy month for lawmakers, it is unlikely that immigration reform will be high on their “to do” list. Nonetheless, immigration policy will be affected by any congressional action (or inaction) on spending bills including disagreement over the funding […]

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How USCIS Calculates Processing Times and How It Could Be Improved

How USCIS Calculates Processing Times and How It Could Be Improved

When people think about immigration reform, they usually think about legalization, enforcement, and updating the legal immigration system. However, there are other upgrades to the immigration system that can be implemented by agencies without legislation which would significantly improve efficiency and could ensure that immigrants, their families, and employers receive better information and customer service. […]

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Why Restricting Immigration Won’t Improve Work Opportunities for Natives

Why Restricting Immigration Won’t Improve Work Opportunities for Natives

Serious economists know that immigrant and native-born workers cannot simply be swapped for one another like batteries. On average, immigrants and the native-born differ in terms of formal education, job experience, and English-language skills. As a result, immigrants and the native-born tend to “complement” each other rather than directly compete. Even among workers with the […]

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White House Announces Proposed Rule to Encourage Foreign Entrepreneurs to Do Business in the United States

White House Announces Proposed Rule to Encourage Foreign Entrepreneurs to Do Business in the United States

The White House announced a proposed rule to encourage entrepreneurs throughout the world to develop their ideas and create jobs in the U.S. This long-awaited initiative is part of the executive actions announced in November 2014. Under current immigration law, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has discretionary authority to grant parole on a case-by-case basis […]

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How Can the U.S. Attract and Retain STEM Graduates?

How Can the U.S. Attract and Retain STEM Graduates?

International doctoral students are significantly more likely than native-born U.S. students to major in and graduate from STEM fields In fact, international students make up about 40 percent of all STEM Ph.D. students, and are expected to comprise half of all STEM Ph.D. graduates by 2020. A new report by the Kauffman Foundation, Will They […]

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One Pennsylvania Town Illustrates the Difficult Immigration Debate Ahead

Written by on July 13, 2016 in Business & the Workforce, Elections with 0 Comments
One Pennsylvania Town Illustrates the Difficult Immigration Debate Ahead

Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania is a manufacturing town that has seen hard economic times. After the coal mining industry disappeared, factories involved in shoemaking, dressmaking, ironwork and television manufacturing moved in. These industries tended to employ less-educated workers. However, these factories are no longer faring well, and local workers have lost their jobs. The newer industries moving […]

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Immigrant Workers Enhance and Expand the U.S. Economy

Immigrant Workers Enhance and Expand the U.S. Economy

Over the years, more and more economists have come to the conclusion that immigrant workers “complement” the native-born majority of the labor force by bringing different sets of skills and different demographic profiles with them, both of which enhance and expand the economy as a whole. Immigration restrictionists, in defiance of this growing body of […]

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Lawsuit Against DHS and USCIS Seeks Transparency in H-1B Lottery Process

Written by on May 23, 2016 in Due Process & the Courts, High Skilled with 1 Comment
Lawsuit Against DHS and USCIS Seeks Transparency in H-1B Lottery Process

Each year, U.S. employers seeking highly skilled foreign professional workers submit petitions on the first business day of April to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) for the limited pool of H-1B nonimmigrant visa numbers available for the coming fiscal year, which are capped at 65,000 for new hires and 20,000 for those who graduate […]

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