Archive | News & Opinion

The Coalition highlights selected news and opinion pieces that contribute to the dialogue on immigration issues. We do not necessarily endorse the views of the authors.

(NEWS) More Than 1 Million Indians Waiting For Highly Skilled Immigrant Visas

U.S. government data confirm that more than one million Indians now wait in employment-based immigration backlogs, highlighting problems in the U.S. immigration system. The data from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services indicate many highly skilled professionals from India face potentially decades-long waits to gain permanent residence (a green card) due to a per-country limit and […]

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(NEWS) Immigrants are less likely to commit crimes than U.S.-born Americans, studies find

The murder of Laken Riley took center stage during Thursday night’s State of the Union address. Riley was a 22-year-old student who was killed last month at the University of Georgia. The suspect in her murder is a Venezuelan migrant whom officials say was illegally in the U.S. During the Republican rebuttal, Riley’s murder was brought up by […]

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(NEWS) New data shows why the U.S. needs more immigrants

As the fight over immigration reached peak chaos in the U.S. Senate earlier this month, the Congressional Budget Office held a press conference nearby. The director’s briefing about the latest economic forecast seemed disconnected from the political drama playing out a few blocks away. But its analysis was closely linked to immigration policy. The nonpartisan budget office, […]

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(NEWS) Immigration reform has always been tough, and rarely happens in election years

Immigration is already a major polarizing issue in the 2024 U.S. presidential election. Arrests for illegal border crossings from Mexico reached an all-time high in December 2023, and cities like New York and Chicago are struggling to provide housing and basic services for tens of thousands of migrants arriving from Texas. In early February 2024, a group of […]

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(OPINION) Beware the coming immigration crisis (when parolees finish their two years of legal status)

For all the chaos at the border, the one thing that President Biden has been credited for is his aggressive use of executive action to decrease the need for immigrants to enter at the border. Lacking any congressional action on immigration, Biden has paroled people in the United States so long as they apply from abroad and […]

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(OPINION) Reducing Visa Waste: Model Legislation to Promote High-Skilled Immigration

Executive Summary Administrative errors by United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the State Department lead thousands of immigrant visas to go unused each year. This was especially problematic during the Covid-19 pandemic, when more than 100,000 visas were lost because of administrative errors. Small changes in the formula for visa spillovers from year […]

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