|June 23, 2008
|Rayburn House Office Building
How do immigrants gain legal permanent residence in the United States? The process is complicated and often takes years to accomplish. The authors of this study, Joseph Hayes and Laura Hill, explore how current federal immigration policies operate, focusing in particular on how the policies affect California, which is home to 27% of the nation's immigrants. The authors also examine how changes to federal immigration policy proposed last year would have altered the composition of legal immigrants in the United States. The proposal to replace the current system -- which gives priority to applicants based on family reunification and employment -- with a system that places a greater emphasis on employment and skills ultimately failed, but a similar version is likely to resurface in the future.