The Niskanen Center’s immigration agenda begins with the premise that immigration yields economic and social benefits for the United States. It is also one of the best global anti-poverty policies: Orderly migration reduces human suffering, while enhancing global stability, security, and peace. Pursuing innovative, pragmatic reforms will ensure the U.S. immigration system continues to benefit the American people, immigrants, and the global community.
The Conrad 30 program waives a requirement for doctors on the J-1 visa to return to their home country for a minimum of three years after completing their residency. Instead, they can remain in the United States by working in an underserved community for three years.
Our analysis of the current situation on the southwest border and our resultant recommendations are guided by a strong belief in border security—including a border wall where practical—that uses technology and infrastructure to effectively combat drug-and-human trafficking and safely accommodate asylum seekers.
VPA is meant to protect immigrant detainees from forced labor, the subminimum wages of which are necessary to procure basic necessities at the commissary and avoid hunger, undernourishment, lack of personal hygiene, and lack of contact with loved ones, among other harms. Yet egregious violations of these principles are allegedly occurring nationwide.