America’s construction, agriculture, and hospitality sectors depend on low-skilled immigrant labor (particularly for seasonal jobs), while our tech, engineering, and education depend on high-skilled immigrants. Today, immigrants are driving workforce growth (critical to economic growth, as well as entitlement programs like Social Security) and new job creation.
The bad news? Most our laws governing immigration (including temporary visas) are over 30 years old. Compared with our competitors, the U.S. grants few visas based on an immigrant’s potential contribution to our economy.