Today marks the beginning of “tech week” at the White House. This week seeks to emphasize countless topics and ways in which the United States can further its economic needs, including via immigration. The Committee for Economic Development has suggested the current system may be serving as a disadvantage to the United States. Many argue that the United States could lose its position of power and influence if it does not create a smoother system that attracts more high-skilled foreign workers.
Our Verdict: The United States works to reunite families through immigration before considering labor-force needs. In fact, family reunification accounts for 65% of those admitted legally. Our system is broken and ought to be altered so that individuals (families and skilled-workers alike) have a shorter wait time and feel more inclined to apply in a manner that is both safe and legal.