Immigration law and policy continues to rapidly change under President Donald Trump’s administration. Legal challenges to Executive branch and Department of Justice immigration policies monopolize the spotlight now, but that will not always be the case.

Historically, legislation has the most permanent and influential impact on immigration policy in the United States. Thus, it is critical that changes to existing immigration legislation are pragmatic and thoughtful, and that new immigration laws better reflect the needs of the United States.

To that end, the Niskanen Center Immigration Department is excited to offer a series of policy briefs that tackle a number of immigration issues requiring reform, including:

  1. Entrepreneurial (startup) Visas
  2. CONRAD 30 Program
  3. Fourth and Fifth Amendment Rights and the Border
  4. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) Enforcement
  5. Refugees
  6. Asylees
  7. H-2A Visas
  8. Diversity Visas
  9. H-4 Visas
  10. U-Visas 

Each short policy brief summarizes the need for change, discuss existing law and policy, and provide a list of improvements and considerations for each reform issue.

Ideally, this series will help spark deliberative discussions about how to reform immigration policy, and will result in laws that provide for a more efficient, effective, and economically and socially prosperous immigration system.