Immigration Plan for a Competitive America Act Would Mean More Employment-Based Visas


On June 8th, Congressman Tom Rice (SC-07) introduced the Immigration for a Competitive America Act of 2016, a proposal intended to mend various parts of the American immigration system in order to reach greater global competitiveness.

June 17, 2016

One way that the United States’ immigration policies differ from other countries’ is who is admitted as an immigrant. The Congressional Research Service states that of the more than one million immigrants admitted to the U.S. each year, 65 percent are brought in because of family ties, while just 16 percent are chosen for education and skills. This act would halve the number of family-based visas allocated each year and would increase employment-based visas by 80 percent.

“Our current immigration system is uncompetitive and is in desperate need of reform,” said Rice. “Unlike most industrialized countries in the world, the United States awards the majority of admissions based on family relationships rather than skills and education. As a result, our country is far less competitive globally.

“An immigration policy geared toward admitting more skilled immigrants rather than family-sponsored candidates will generate growth, economic opportunity and new jobs that America needs. H.R. 5398 makes critical changes to our immigration system that will ultimately restore America’s competitiveness with international competitors,” Rice concluded.

In addition to promoting skill-based immigration, H.R. 5398 would also require E-verify registration for employers, deny certain tax credits for individuals working illegally in the U.S., and redirect U.S. foreign aid to Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador to use on border protection.

Source: U.S. Congressman Tom Rice Website