Defining "Desirable" Immigrants: What Lies Beneath the Proposed Merit-Based Point System? provides an overview of the merit-based point system that is now being considered as a tool to allocate a portion of new immigrant visas each year. After this new system becomes effective, a minimum of 120,000 foreign-born people would be able to obtain immigrant visas each year by accumulating points mainly based on their skills, employment history, and education credentials. At the same time, visa slots currently allocated to siblings and adult married children of U.S. citizens, as well as the diversity visa program, would be absorbed into this new system.
Built to Last: How Immigration Reform Can Deter Unauthorized Immigration explains how the Senate immigration bill attempts to curtail future flows of unauthorized immigration by correcting some of the flaws in the current legal immigration system. By establishing an updated system of legal immigration that, in principle, seeks to match the countrys economic and labor needs while respecting principles of family unification, the Senate's hope is to drastically reduce unauthorized flows of immigration.
To view the fact sheets in their entirety, see:
Defining "Desirable" Immigrants: What Lies Beneath the Proposed Merit-Based Point System? (IPC Fact Check, May 20, 2013)
Built to Last: How Immigration Reform Can Deter Unauthorized Immigration. (IPC Fact Check, May 20, 2013)