The Inefficient U.S. Immigration System: A Texas Perspective

The United States is a country built on immigration. Desirous of the liberties afforded by the Constitution and seeking the opportunity to build a better life for them selves and their families, people have migrated from all parts of the world to the United States since its founding. Over the past 50 years, as the number of persons seeking entry to the United States have increased exponentially, existing mechanisms of legal entry have been overwhelmed and proven woefully inadequate. The dismantling of guest worker programs like the Bracero Program and the switch from a national origins quota system to a family-based visa system, while rooted in good intentions, have reduced the legal options for those persons seeking work in the United States and have possibly resulted in the increase in unauthorized entry. The existing visa system is now so overwhelmed that, in spite of recent attempts at reform, processing times can exceed two decades. Put simply, the system as it currently stands does not work.

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