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Wanted and Welcome?

Part of the series Immigrants and Minorities, Politics and Policy pp 105-121

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Skilled Immigration Policy in the United States: Does Policy Admit “Enough” Skilled Workers?

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Abstract

Immigration to the United States has been and remains largely for the purpose of reuniting families, however, it is increasingly being thought of a means of meeting employment demand. Immigrants’ role in the U.S. labor force increased since the 1970s only to gain further momentum in the 1990s. Changes in the Immigration Act of 1990 increased both permanent numbers for foreign-born workers and diversified and eased admission for temporary skilled workers. Still, many observers argue that there is a need for more skilled foreign workers to meet perceived shortages of skilled labor.