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.
As the shutdown continues unabated and its impacts reverberate throughout the country, we call upon lawmakers from both parties to focus on real solutions. Now is the time to pass this historic immigration reform deal to usher in a new era of security and certainty for our country.
To ensure consistency, objectivity, and more accurate determinations that are consistent with the criteria established in the INA, DHS should provide guidance on how a totality of the circumstances likelihood determination should be reached using evidence-based methods.