Immigration Reform: Compromise or Stalemate
The status of the approximately 11 million undocumented individuals currently in the United States is one of the more difficult problems in immigration reform. This is a proposal for a pragmatic solution to this problem that accomplishes four goals. First, it makes possible the enforcement of immigration laws at a reasonable cost. Second, it does not create incentives for future illegal immigration. Third, it brings the existing undocumented population under the protection of the law. Fourth, it collects the necessary data so that the selection of who is granted permanent residence is in the best interest of the United States. The solution involves the registration of undocumented residents and then a multi-staged lottery to first allocate repatriation dates and subsequently to grant permanent residence status based on the demographic information collected in the registration.