21 for ’21: Fixing America’s Immigration System

New American Economy
Date of Publication: 
January, 2021
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New American Economy

This report advances a set of 21 concrete ideas for policy changes that would help achieve the Biden administration’s goal of reforming and modernizing the American immigration system. Some suggestions include reversals on key Trump era immigration restrictions, such as the restoration of previous protections for asylum seekers and refugees. The majority of the suggestions, however, are entirely new policies designed to protect immigrants, streamline pathways to citizenship, and modernize the immigration system. These proposals include: instituting a federal Office of New Americans, making a special pathway to citizenship for essential workers, creating a Start-Up Visa for immigrant entrepreneurs, and streamlining the immigration process for international students. The report argues that these suggestions present “opportunities to reaffirm the importance of immigration to American society, American culture and the American economy.”  (Jason Boyle for The Immigrant Learning Center’s Public Education Institute) 

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New American Economy (2021). 21 for ’21: Fixing America’s Immigration System. New American Economy. https://www.newamericaneconomy.org/21-for-21-fixing-americas-immigration-system/