Immigration Reform

There is a broad based agreement of a need for immigration reform. In recent months and years, immigration reform has become an important political issue. However, there is some disagreement as to what precisely this reform will look like. On one hand, there is talk about amnesty for illegal immigrants who are currently in the country, an issue that has proved divisive (Grant, 2012). One the other hand, technology companies are lobbying Congress for changes for visa rules, to allow them to retain skilled workers and avoid the offshoring of jobs to foreign countries (Lynch, 2013). While millions of unskilled laborers live in perpetual fear of deportation, the number of applicants for H-1B visas -- for skilled workers -- exceeded the annual cap in just five days (Lynch, 2013). There are clearly a number of problems with the immigration system.

These two distinct issues both fall under the...
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