There is consensus that the current immigration system is fundamentally flawed. The economic, national security, and human rights impacts of the nation’s immigration system need to be informed by objective, data-driven, empirical research and analysis. BPC focuses on four primary issue areas: controlling the flow of unauthorized immigration, legalization and citizenship, legal immigration, and economic impacts.
Where does the United States stand on key components of immigration enforcement, including border security, E-Verify, and entry-exit systems? How can we determine whether the border is secure?
How do immigrants affect the economy and the labor market? How would immigration reform proposals impact the federal budget deficit and future economic growth?
How does our legal immigration system work? What types of immigrants does it prioritize, and how do they get here?
What paths to citizenship exist in our immigration system? What programs and proposals exist to grant legal status to unauthorized immigrants?
How would key legislative proposals change affect immigration system, including legal flows, enforcement, and the unauthorized population?