Immigration Task Force

About the Task Force

Immigration reform is at the top of the congressional and presidential agendas. The economic, national security, and human rights impacts of the nation’s immigration system mandate reform informed by objective, data-driven, empirical research and analysis.

H-1B Visa Cap Expected To Be Hit Within Days—Again

For the second year in row, employers are expected to file enough H-1B visa petitions to reach the annual limit within days after the filing window opens.

CBO Continues to Show Economic Benefit of Immigration Reform with SKILLS Visa Act Analysis

Last week, the Congressional Budget Office released its cost estimate for H.R. 2131, the Supplying Knowledge-based Immigrants and Lifting Levels of STEM Visa Act (SKILLS Visa Act), in conjunction with the Joint Committee on Taxation. The SKILLS Visa Act was voted out of the House Judiciary Committee on June 27, 2013, by a 20-14 margin.

Immigration Reform in an Election Year? History and Polls Say Yes

Much has been said about the feasibility of passing major pieces of legislation through a partisan Congress, especially with 2014 being an election year. With both parties trying to maintain their majority on one end of the Capitol and gain one on the other, 2014 may seem like a lost year for bipartisan compromise. However, history shows that immigration reform frequently occurs during election years. Reform is still possible if the legislative process is allowed to run its course.

BPC Analysis Finds Immigration Reform Produces Economic Benefits

At the heart of the ongoing immigration reform debate is the question of the anticipated costs and benefits of reform. Assessing the impact of various reform proposals on economic growth, wages, and federal and state budgets is critical to making an informed judgment as to whether enactment of reform is in the best interests of the country.