Bernard L. Schwartz Senior Fellow
Council on Foreign Relations
"U.S. Immigration Reform: What’s at Stake?"
The immigration reform legislation currently under consideration by Congress could produce the biggest changes in U.S. immigration laws since the 1965 Immigration Act, nearly half a century ago. The bill passed by the Senate would dramatically expand quotas for skilled workers, create a mandatory employment verification system, further increase already record spending on border security, as well as legalizing as many as 11 million unauthorized immigrants. What are the economic implications if this mammoth piece of legislation passes or fails?
Edward Alden is the Bernard L. Schwartz senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, and former Washington bureau chief for the Financial Times. He directed the 2009 CFR Independent Task Force on U.S. Immigration Policy, which was co-chaired by former Florida governor Jeb Bush and former White House chief of staff Mack McLarty, and is co-author with Bryan Roberts and John Whitley of the new CFR study Managing Illegal Immigration: How Effective is Enforcement? He is also the author of The Closing of the American Border: Terrorism, Immigration and Security Since 9/11, which was a finalist for the 2009 J. Anthony Lukas book prize for non-fiction.
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