CAPITOL HILL BRIEFING ON FIXES TO THE LEGAL IMMIGRATION SYSTEM
Five years after Congress last tried and failed to pass immigration reform, lawmakers in Washington are finally returning to the issue. No one is proposing a comprehensive overhaul. But a growing number of lawmakers, Democrat and Republican, are considering fixes to the legal immigration system: creating new visas, streamlining existing programs, responding to the concerns of employers and others. On April 16, ImmigrationWorks held a briefing for congressional staffers to encourage new thinking about incremental fixes. A panel of experts addressed an array of visa programs – for agricultural, seasonal and high-skilled workers as well as permanent residents – bringing staffers up to speed on existing proposals and injecting new ideas.