Immigration reform

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Immigration reform refers to efforts to return to a pre-1970 American immigration policy which would more strictly limit the number of immigrants admitted into the country. Since 1970, and especially since 1990, mass immigration has been considered by some to be a corporate tool to force wages down, de-unionize the workplace, and promote further U.S. population growth, which may be seen as a benefit to real estate developers.

  • Critics of H1B and L1 visas, which allow Immigrant "guest workers" into the country, claim the policy is a stepping stone to outsourcing good-paying American jobs, including high-tech jobs and union jobs, to non-union overseas sweatshops.
  • Anti-immigration groups point out that unless immigration is reduced to pre-1970 numbers of 200,000 annually or less, any effort at zero population growth is futile, offering as evidence the fact that the U.S. fertility rate has been at or below replacement rate since the early 1970s and that population growth is almost entirely due to the high numbers of allowed to permanently migrate into the U.S.

The Bush administration has been using the phrase "immigration reform" for its own purposes, including a proposal for an agricultural guest worker program and amnesty for illegal migrants.

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Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services

The Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services (BCIS) is new "within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). It also provides information about various administrative and management functions and responsibilities now within the DHS that were once in the former Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS)." [1]

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