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This article was prepared with the assistance of ABIL, the Alliance of Business Immigration Lawyers, of which Loan Huynh, Fredrikson Immigration Department Chair, is a member.

The Cato Institute recommended 30 deregulatory actions for the Biden administration to consider to “lessen the costs of America’s outdated immigration laws.” The proposals “focus entirely on agency measures to improve the process for legal immigrants.”

The report notes that President Trump has reduced immigrant visa approvals by more than 80 percent during his term. The agenda compiled by Cato would “permit more legal migration and legal employment within the confines of the restrictive laws that Congress has passed.” Contributors include several members of the Alliance of Business Immigration Lawyers and other immigration law experts. Their proposals are organized into four sections: reforms affecting green card applicants on the path to permanent residence, reforms affecting nonimmigrants (visitors, students and temporary workers), reforms affecting refugees and big-picture reforms affecting more than one category.

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