KPCC Southern California Public Radio
May 31, 2012
It’s often said that the U.S. is a “nation of immigrants,” one that was built by them. But since 9/11, immigration policy has made it more complicated for many hardworking immigrants to get here, and that’s a trend that the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce has noticed.
A new report, titled “Not Coming to America: Why the U.S. is falling behind in the global race for talent,” is shaking the immigration debate. The document was released by the Partnership for a New American Economy, a bipartisan coalition of Democratic and Republican leaders, including New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.
It argues that America will face a slower economic recovery and greater competition from countries such as Australia, England and Canada if it does not reform its immigration laws.