October 25, 2012
Immigration policy has barely surfaced in the U.S. general election. The larger picture remains contentious—and unavoidably so.How to deal with 12 million illegal immigrants, most of them productive and otherwise law-abiding residents of long standing? How to make the border more secure and how much weight to give that imperfectly attainable goal?
Yet on one critical component of policy—the treatment of highly skilled workers—a strong consensus exists that a more liberal regime is crucial for U.S. economic prospects. President Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney agree. Almost everyone who has given the matter a moment of intelligent thought agrees. Yet nothing happens.