January 31, 2022
Immigration Reform in The America COMPETES Act of 2022
The U.S. immigration system needs fundamental reform to counter worsening demographic trends and to refocus immigration criteria to prioritize high-skilled workers. In a new insight, AAF President Douglas Holtz-Eakin and Whitney Appel summarize and evaluate The America Creating Opportunities for Manufacturing, Pre-Eminence in Technology and Economic Strength (COMPETES) Act’s proposed immigration reforms.
- The America COMPETES Act of 2022 (H.R. 4521), contains the first immigration reforms to be considered in regular order by this Congress.
- It includes three reforms: a new entrepreneur’s visa, an exemption for some skilled immigrants from numerical caps, and Temporary Protected Status for residents of Hong Kong.
- While the bill would modestly raise the amount and skill levels of U.S. immigration, it is no substitute for a more comprehensive overhaul.