Wanted and Welcome?

Part of the series Immigrants and Minorities, Politics and Policy pp 123-143


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

  • Gary P. FreemanAffiliated withUniversity of Texas Email author 
  • , David L. LealAffiliated withUniversity of Texas
  • , Jake OnyettAffiliated withUniversity of Texas


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.