Date: 26 Mar 2013

Pointless: On the Failure to Adopt an Immigration Points System in the United States

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Abstract

When bipartisan efforts to adopt comprehensive immigration reform (CIR) legislation collapsed in the U.S. Congress in June 2007, proposals for a merit-based “points system” to select prospective immigrants died with it. We explain why comprehensive reform did not pass and show that points system proposals did not enhance prospects for reform.