With the latest Republican immigration bill failing to pass the House, the current dysfunctional immigration system continues. But a few simple regulatory and legislative tweaks, such as reducing paperwork and raising visa caps could have substantial benefits for the economy.
Immigration is so convoluted that even in 2003, when the system was not as complex as today, Second Circuit Judge José A. Cabranes wrote for the court in Drax v. Reno (2003):
“This case vividly illustrates the labyrinthine character of modern immigration law-a maze of hyper-technical statutes and regulations that engender waste, delay, and confusion for the Government and petitioners alike…”
Read the full op-ed in Economics 21 here.