The U.S. legal immigration system does not give priority to the economy.


The U.S. legal immigration system does not give priority to the economy.

The U.S. has the highest number of foreign-born residents compared to any other country, with immigrants making up about 13.7% of the total population according to the Census Bureau. However, less than 1% of those seeking permanent residence in the U.S. are able to do so legally as per the research conducted by the Cato Institute. Other developed nations have a larger portion of immigrants in their immigration system based on economics, says Theresa Cardinal Brown, a senior advisor on immigration and border policy at the Bipartisan Policy Center.

In the U.S., a majority of permanent resident cards go to family-sponsored immigrants while employment-based sponsorships make up a much smaller percentage, according to the Department of Homeland Security. The Cato Institute estimates that only 1 in 1,500 new hires in the U.S. obtain a green card through employment sponsorship programs, highlighting the need for reform in the U.S. legal immigration system to better align with the needs of the economy.

Experts agree that the current U.S. legal immigration system is outdated and not serving the needs of the economy. Theresa Cardinal Brown points out that the limits for annual immigrants were last updated in 1990, when the population and economic landscape were different. Simon Hankinson, a senior research fellow at the Heritage Foundation, emphasizes the need for reforms that attract immigrants based on the economic needs of the country.

With the U.S. facing challenges in addressing the immigration crisis, it is clear that reforms are essential to ensure that the immigration system supports the economy and meets the needs of both immigrants and the country as a whole.

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