Could You Immigrate to the US? Play The Green Card Game to Find Out.

What better way to understand the United States’ overly restrictive immigration system than to try it for oneself. In the new “Green Card Game” designed by David J. Bier of the Cato Institute, participants can do just that. Offering a faithful recreation of the rules, regulations, and practices of the legal immigration system, the game demonstrates how luck, subjectivity, and factors outside of one’s control can lead to huge time investments, large financial burdens, and poor outcomes, including failure to acquire legal status in the United States. The game has been designed on the basis of factual evidence gleaned from a previous Cato Report, “Why Legal Immigration Is Nearly Impossible.” The end results of the game reflect real life situations that most potential immigrants face. Bier encourages readers to try the game for themselves, altering only one’s country of origin and familial relations in the United States, which usually allow for one to legally immigrate. Without such a family relationship, one can easily see how difficult it is to immigrate legally to the U.S.

Could You Immigrate to the U.S.? Play The Green Card Game to Find Out,
Cato Institute, August 8, 2023, 7 pp. (Introduction)
Author: David J. Bier